Special report: Tension escalates in
BAGHDAD, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- A suicide car bomb
struck a security checkpoint in western Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, killing a
soldier and wounding six people, an Interior Ministry source said.
"A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into
a checkpoint manned by Iraqi army and police forces in the Ghazaliyah
neighborhood," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attack resulted in the killing of a soldier,
wounding two others, two policemen and two civilians, the source added.
Ghazaliyah, a Sunni neighborhood, has been relatively
calm since the local anti-American insurgent groups converted to work with the
U.S. and Iraqi troops in battling against the al-Qaida network fighters.