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Iraq's interim Government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days, the spokesman for interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced.
He said the state of emergency, equivalent to martial law, would apply to all of Iraq except the Kurdish north.
"The Prime Minister will give details in a news conference tomorrow," said spokesman Thaer al-Naqib.
The sheikhs of Fallujah blame Mr Allawi for failed negotiations to avert an attack. They claim he initially agreed to let them drive out the foreign fighters but later insisted that US troops should be sent in to help Iraqi national guards search for them from house to house.
"The drums of war have now sounded and not even Allawi has the power to stop it from happening," said a source close to the talks.
Originally posted by sanctum
Sorry 0951, i just duplicated your post. My mistake.
November 8, 2004
A CAR bomb exploded today near the home of Iraq's finance minister, killing one of his guards, officials said.
The minister, Adil Abdel-Mahdi, was safe, a political associate said.
TextThe Americans say they are only awaiting the word from Mr Allawi, who returned from Europe yesterday, to attack.