BAGHDAD, Iraq Jul 31, 2005 — Key members of the committee writing the new Iraqi constitution said Sunday they need another month to finish the draft, threatening U.S. efforts to maintain political momentum to combat the insurgency.
Later, President Jalal Talabani insisted the Aug. 15 deadline for parliamentary approval must be met, and the United States stepped up pressure on the Iraqis to stick by the timetable.
In continuing violence, five U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in two separate incidents in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday.
In Saturday's first attack, a patrol hit a roadside bomb in the southern Dora neighborhood, killing a soldier from Task Force Baghdad, a statement said. Two others were wounded.
Late Saturday night, at about 11 p.m., four soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in southwestern Baghdad.
At least 1,794 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Marines also battled insurgents with tanks and aircraft in western Iraq after the Americans came under attack from a village schoolhouse, the U.S. military said. Eleven insurgents were killed, the military said.