BAGHDAD - A prominent Iraqi Sunni cleric
who urged Islamist armed groups to end their insurgency was
critically wounded, and four of his bodyguards killed, when a
car bomb hit his convoy in Baghdad on Sunday.
, who once fought U.S. troops in Iraq
was part of a Sunni body issuing religious edicts, had been
negotiating with insurgent groups who vowed to fight on after
the withdrawal of American troops in December.
The attack came as al-Qaida's local wing, Islamic State of
, has warned of a new campaign and security analysts say
fighters in Iraq
are benefiting from funds and morale from
Islamists slipping into Syria
to join the revolt against
President Basher Assad