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Monday, July 03, 2006

MORE PROBLEMS IN IRAQ

***Maybe it's just me, but everytime time that Bush and his Republican minions come out to tell us how good things are going in Iraq, we seem to take 2 steps backwards on the progress going on there.


BAGHDAD---The main Sunni Arab political bloc launched a boycott of the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday to protest the kidnapping of a Sunni legislator and threatened to withdraw its colleagues from the prime minister's cabinet should the captors not free the lawmaker within 48 hours.

The walkout was the first serious disruption in the new government and reflected the fragility of power sharing arrangement in the face of the relentless sectarian violence overwhelming Iraq. It came a day after a suicide car bomb tore through a street market in a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing at least 62 people and wounding nearly 120 in the deadliest insurgent assault since the new Shhite-led government was installed in May.

***I thought that the military launched a new attack on these insurgents, what happened? Why should our troops remain in Iraq if this so-called Iraqi government is going to continue to threaten the new prime minister with walkouts, everytime something happens? At this rate, our troops will never leave Iraq!

The kidnapped legislator, Tayseer Najah al-Mashhadani, and eight of her guards were seized by suspcted Shiite militiamen on Saturday while driving into Baghdad from her home north of the capital. Mashhadani's party, the Iraqi Islamic Party, belongs to the Iraqi Consensus Front, the umbrella Sunni bloc that holds 44 of Parliament's 275 seats and has criticized the Shiite-led government security forces.

In a similar attack on Sunday, officials said, gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying a Shiite legislator, also a woman, as it drove through a region south of Baghdad where the Sunni-led insurgency has fought regularly with government forces. The legislator, Laqa al-Yaseen, escaped unharmed, but eight of her guards were abducted and two were wounded in the shootout, according to Shatha al-Musawi, another Shiite lawmaker. No groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Sunni bloc said it would continue its boycott until Mashhadani was released. Sunni politicians have used walkouts before as a form of political protest, most notably during negotiations over the Constitution last year, and amid a wave of attacks on Sunni mosques following the bombing of a prominent Shiite shrine in February.

But representatives of Shiite and Kurdish political factions, perhaps in an effort to avert a crisis, expressed guarded support Sunday for the Sunni bloc's protest and called for the release of the legislator. Several politicians urged the Sunnis to work with other blocs to achieve the common goal of improved security.

Mahdi al-Hafidh, a Shiite legislator, said in a speech to Parliament that he "heartily" backed the Sunni bloc's condemnation of the kidnapping, but he suggested that a walkout was not the best solution to the problem. "When I talk to the brothers in the Iraqi Consensus Front and they want to pull out, against who are you doing that?" Hafidah asked. "We have to work together."

Also Sundy, the national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, issued Iraq's first "most wanted list," which included 41 people and was topped by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a deputy of Saddam Hussein's and one of the 55 Baathist officials whose faces were printed on a decl of cards issued by the U.S. military after the invasion three years ago. Douri is the highest ranking former official still thought to be free.

The list included Saddam's eldest daughter, Taghad, who lives in Jordan, where she was granted asylum; Saddam;s first wife, Sajida Khairalla Tulfa, who is thought to be living in Qatar; other top members of the now-outlawed Baath Party; and militants linked to Al Qaeda.

Douri became Iraq's most wanted man following the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former head of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike last month. Zarqawi's replacement, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, is also on the list. The U.S. government issued a $5M bounty for him on Friday.

Also Sunday, Iraqi and U.S. authorities announced that Zarqawi's body had been buried in a secret grave after the U.S. military handed it over to the Iraqi government. A U.S. military spokesman said in an e-mail statement that the remains had been buried "in accordance with Muslim customs and traditions."

The government's decision to secretly bury Zarqawi probably will infuriate those who had demanded that his remains be turned over to his family for burial in his hometown of Zarqa, Jordan. The U.S. and Iraqi authorities had said they did not allow the creation of a tomb that would serve as a pilgrimage site for militant supporters.

Among the worst acts of violence that rattled the country on Sunday, a bomb exploded just before sundown at the main market in Mahmudiya, a predominantly-Sunni town south of Baghdad, killing at least 5 people and wounding at least 22.


Source of Article: International Herald Tribune
By: Kirk Semple, The New York Times
Sunday, July 2, 2006

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