Iraq's interim prime minister has blamed negligence on the part of some in the U.S.-led multinational force for Saturday's massacre of 49 new Iraqi National Guardsmen and their civilian drivers by loyalists of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Iyad Allawi told the Iraqi National Council (today/Tuesday) that the defense ministry has launched an investigation into the cause of the attack, which took place in a remote area of eastern Iraq.
There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military on Mr. Allawi's remarks.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military says an associate of wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed in an airstrike in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
And in Baquba, an Iraqi policeman was killed and seven others wounded by a roadside bomb. North of the city, gunmen killed a member of the provincial governing council (Ni'mat Salih).