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U.S. raids home of key Iraqi,<BR>disputes wedding attack claim

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – U.S.

soldiers raided the home of America's one-time ally Ahmad Chalabi today and seized documents and computers.

Chalabi is a member of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.


officials disputed Iraqi claims that American aircraft bombed a wedding party and killed more than 40 people in a strike near the Syrian border.

Assailants with hand grenades killed a U.S.

soldier and wounded three in central Baghdad early today, the military said.

In Washington, U.S.

officials are warning that the violence might get even worse once the June 30 political transition is completed.

"It could very well be more violent than we are seeing today, so it's possible that we might need more forces," Gen.

John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

He said he hoped more countries would contribute troops.

There now are about 155,000 coalition troops in Iraq, of which about 135,000 are American.