The military reported finding a cache of weapons during a raid by U.S. forces and Iraqi police on February 24 near Ba'qubah, north of Baghdad. The weapons included mortar bombs, rockets, and components to build sophisticated roadside bombs.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today he is worried about growing speculation of a U.S.-led military strike on Iran. The Interfax news agency today quoted Lavrov as making the remark during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said on February 24 that "all options are on the table" following Iran's refusal to meet a United Nations deadline for halting uranium enrichment.
Meanwhile, a bomb exploded in Iraq's Public Works Ministry today during a visit by Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi.
Ministry employees said the vice president was unhurt, but at least four people were reported killed.
The bombing comes after a deadly suicide attack on a college campus in eastern Baghdad that killed at least 40 people on February 25.
The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)
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