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NEWS: Blasts Rock Iraqi's First Parliament

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posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 03:33 AM
Iraqi parliament has convened for the first time in 50 years in the heavily fortified green zone amid blasts that are believed to have killed at least three Iraqi soldiers. The soldiers were killed by a suicide car bomber around the same time that three explosions were reported coming from the green zone where the parliament was being sworn in. Three civilians and five Iraqi soldiers were injured in the car bomb blast and have been taken to a US army base hospital for treatment.
A suicide car bomber has attacked an Iraqi Army checkpoint in Baquba north-east of Baghdad, killing at least three Iraqi soldiers.

Insurgents trying to overthrow Iraq's Government are increasingly targeting checkpoints, often with suicide attacks.

US and Iraqi officers say this shows progress in the battle against the insurgency, because guerrillas are finding it harder to attack other targets.

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The 275-member National Assembly is in the process of drafting a constitution for the country that will be taken to a referendum later in the year.

Security in the green zone has been tightened with two bridges closed down earlier in the week and an increase of armed soldiers patrolling the zone.

It seems that with people willing to die in the process of destroying enemies the toll on the country and freedom for the people will be insurmountable.

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[edit on 16-3-2005 by Mayet]


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