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January 04, 2006

Iraq To Press On For National Unity Government

Seems like good news:

Negotiations on how exactly to share posts among the rival ethnic and sectarian factions will convene in the coming days in Baghdad, Kurdish regional president Masoud Barzani said after he and Iraq's Kurdish interim president Jalal Talabani met minority Sunni Arab leaders from the Iraqi Accordance Front.

"We have agreed on a national unity government," Barzani told a news conference in the Kurdish capital Arbil. "The negotiations will continue in Baghdad among all the parties."

Also, an inquiry into claims of a rigged election will result in the annulment of a small number of suspect ballot boxes, but not enough to change the results in any district.

And this is pretty amusing. Sunnis are calling it "barbarism" that US strike fighters bombed house in Baiji.

A statement issued by the U.S. 101st Airborne Division said soldiers monitoring film from a reconnaissance drone spotted three men digging a hole by a road around 9 p.m. (1800 GMT).

Pilots were alerted, the military said: "The individuals... were followed from the air to a nearby building. Coalition forces employed precision-guided munitions on the structure."


Asked whether a bomb -- an improvised explosive device or IED, in military jargon -- had been found in the road and what measures were taken to determine who was in the house before the attack, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ed Loomis said he could not detail tactics but said : "Digging in the road surface in the hours of darkness are the actions of someone emplacing an IED."

Reporters want proof that the men weren't merely victims of the Greatest. Snipe-Hunting Prank. Eveh.

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