Sunday, September 25, 2005

Bombings and Gun Battle Kill at Least 25 in Iraq

"BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 25 - A suicide bomber swerved his sedan across a highway median and detonated it alongside a police convoy in southeast Baghdad today, in the worst of several attacks and gun battles that left at least 25 people dead and dozens wounded, Iraqi officials said.

The violence came amid demonstrations and sharpening sectarian tensions across Iraq over the upcoming nationwide referendum on Iraq's constitution. American military officials have said they expect to see more attacks as the Oct. 15 referendum approaches.

The suicide bombing in Baghdad killed three members of an elite police commando unit and six civilians, including several people selling bread outside a bakery not far away, witnesses said...

...The march came a day after thousands of Shiites marched in support of the charter in Basra. On Thursday, Iraq's most senior religious figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, indicated he would release a fatwa, or religious edict, urging Iraqis to vote in favor of the document. That fatwa will provide crucial support for the vote, but appears to have further sharpened the sectarian division over the constitution."
Well there goes any hope of democracy in Iraq. What's plan "B"?


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