BAGHDAD, Iraq – The pro-American mayor of Hadithah (search) in western Iraq was shot and killed Wednesday along with one of his nine sons, the U.S. military reported.
The military spokesman said he could offer no other details, but the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera (search) said Mohammed Nayil al-Jurayfi's car was shot up by unidentified attackers as he drove through the city of about 150,000 about 150 miles northwest of Baghdad.
The Qatar-based broadcaster said al-Jurayfi's car caught fire after the attack. Al-Jazeera also said residents of the city had accused the mayor of collaborating with coalition forces.
Hadithah sits on the main road to Syria and lies within the so-called "Sunni Triangle" (search) that stretches to the west and north of Baghdad, where pro-Saddam Hussein insurgents have routinely attacked U.S. soldiers.