Bomb kills Iraqi assembly member
Police officer killed in blast outside hospital
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A prominent Shiite tribal leader who is a member of Iraq's National Assembly has been killed in a suicide bomb attack in northern Baghdad, police said.
Sheikh Dhari Ali Al-Fayadh, three of his bodyguards and his son were killed on Tuesday morning when a suicide car bomber slammed into his convoy in the neighborhood of Al-Rashdiya, police said.
He is the second member of Iraq's parliament to be assassinated since the Shiite and Kurdish-led government took office two months ago.
Also on Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security post outside the main entrance to Musayab General Hospital, killing an Iraqi policeman and wounding 17 people.
The latest reports of fatalities come one year after the United States handed over power to Iraqi officials.
U.S. President George W. Bush is set to address the American people about Iraq on Tuesday night as polls show declining support for the war.
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll reports only 37 percent of the U.S. public believes he has a clear plan for the Iraq war. (Full story)
Meanwhile, 53 percent of Americans polled say they believe it was a mistake to send U.S. troops into Iraq.
On Monday, four civilians were killed while 29 were wounded by a car bomb at a mosque in al-Jadeeda neighborhood, Baghdad.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, a police officer died when gunmen attacked a joint Iraqi-U.S. Army patrol in the Adhamiya neighborhood, according to a U.S. military news release.
A gunman killed an American soldier of Task Force Baghdad who was investigating a burning vehicle, while two crew members died after a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed northwest of Baghdad.
Despite the escalation of violence in Iraq, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari is expressing optimism, saying Iraq's government will be able to establish security within its borders within two years. (Full story)
During a meeting in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, al-Jaafari went even farther, saying the timetable could be shortened if Iraq's neighbors help secure its borders and the country's political process continues to move forward.
During the past 12 months, there has been some progress in Iraq. On January 30 elections for a transitional national assembly were held while officials are preparing for war crimes proceedings against Saddam Hussein and his aides.
Talking to Sunnis
British, U.S. and Iraqi officials have been in talks with groups in Iraq that support violence to try to bring them into the political process, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday, according to a Reuters report.
On Sunday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said they were talking to tribal leaders, clerics and some groups linked to the Sunni Arab insurgency. Blair said Sunnis were involved in the talks. (Full story)
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that Iraqis -- not Americans -- would defeat the insurgency, but not for a long while.
"The insurgency could go on for any number of years," Rumsfeld said, appearing on "Fox News Sunday." "Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years. (Full story)
CNN's Enes Dulami contributed to this report.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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