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Muqtada Calls on Parliamentarians: 'Just say 'No'
by juan cole (reposted)
Sunday Oct 19th, 2008 12:28 PM
From a Sunday, October 19, 2008 entry on Informed Comment, Juan Cole's blog

Muqtada Calls on Parliamentarians: 'Just say 'No'

Muqtada al-Sadr called Saturday for Iraqi parliamentarians to reject the draft security agreement proposed by the Bush administration and PM Nuri al-Maliki. Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied against the agreement.

Reuters reports political violence in Iraq on Saturday:

' * SAMARRA - A mass grave containing 11 bodies was found in the northeast of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, by Iraqi police with the help of local U.S.-backed security patrols. Five of the corpses were of policemen killed a year ago. Police also found a former prison belonging to Sunni militants, said police Colonel Abdul Khaliq al-Samarraie.

* BAGHDAD - Iraqi Police arrested a man accused of a bomb attack on U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrols in Baghdad's Doura neighbourhood, and found explosives in his possession, said Qasim Moussawi, government spokesman for security in Baghdad.

* TUZ KHURMATO - The body of a man was found in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, showing signs of torture and gunshot wounds more than a week after he was kidnapped, police said.

* KIRKUK - Three policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in the southern part of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL - An unidentified body was found in the south of the Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, with a bullet in the head, police said.

MUSSAYAB - Gunmen shot dead the leader of the Sunni "Awakening" movement in the town of Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - A Kurdish security official was killed by a bomb attached to his car south of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

FALLUJA - A suicide bomber killed a Sunni imam on Friday night, police said. '

posted by Juan Cole @ 10/19/2008 12:42:00 AM