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In Iraq, a day of attacks, politics

Iraq remained a dangerous, unsettled place Monday, with more attacks on U.S. forces and increased efforts to stabilize the country's politics and economy:

Attacks killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded four. Since major hostilities ended May 1, 30 Americans and six Britons have been killed.

CIA officials said an audiotape attributed to Saddam Hussein that aired Friday is probably authentic.

The White House acknowledged for the first time that President Bush should not have claimed that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Africa for a nuclear weapons program. The intelligence the claim was based on was suspect, a report said.

Two city councils intended to train Iraqi leaders started work in Baghdad and Najaf.

The main Iraqi political groups decided to join the first interim government this month.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said new, classified evidence gives him fresh hope that a search for the Persian Gulf War's only MIA will reveal what happened to Navy Capt. Scott Speicher, whose jet went down in 1991.

L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civilian administrator of Iraq, said currency bearing Hussein's likeness will be out of circulation by January. He also announced the creation of an independent central bank and a budget whose biggest chunk is earmarked for the ramshackle electric system.


Currency like this 250-dinar note features Saddam Hussein. New dinars will be available Oct. 15.