Also today, an Islamic Internet site claimed that British hostage Kenneth Bigley has been killed in Iraq. But a British Foreign Ministry spokesman said the site is unreliable and, for now, is not taking the claim "too seriously."
Prominent British Muslims arrived in Kuwait today en route to Baghdad to plead for Bigley's release.
U.S. President George W. Bush said today that Washington will increase spending on reconstruction in Iraq, despite the ongoing violence.
Recent stories on Iraq: "U.S. Forces Strike Insurgent Stronghold In Iraq", "Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Insists On January Elections", "U.S. Defense Chief Says Iraqi Voting Might Be Limited", and "Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Thanks U.S."