During the inaugural session, several mortar bombs exploded inside Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses Iraq's interim government and the U.S. Embassy. One person was injured.
Also today in Iraq, prominent politician Ahmed Chalabi said he escaped an assassination attempt that wounded two of his bodyguards as they were traveling to the National Council meeting from Al-Najaf.
"My convoy was ambushed when I was on my way back from Al-Najaf, where I went to visit the religious authority, [Grand Ayatollah Ali] al-Sistani, and congratulate him on returning safely," Chalabi said. "The convoy was fired at, and two guards were wounded, one of them seriously, and the other one lightly."
Chalabi headed a prominent exile opposition group and was a close ally of the U.S. government until a falling out over allegations that he leaked intelligence to Iran.