Posted by Curt on 19 November, 2005 at 6:52 pm. 1 comment.

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Some interesting news below:

BAGHDAD, Nov. 19 — Suicide bombers killed at least 49 people Saturday in attacks targeting a Shiite Muslim funeral in eastern Iraq and an outdoor market in Baghdad, while a disagreement among the country’s faction leaders nearly ended a national reconciliation conference on its first day.

In Cairo, Kurdish and Shiite delegates walked out of an Iraqi reconciliation conference in its opening hours after a speaker accused all participants of being stooges of the United States. Others persuaded the speaker to apologize, and the conference resumed.

The gathering, organized by the Arab League, is scheduled to continue through Monday.

A U.S. and Iraqi raid on a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq safe house in Mosul sparked a three-hour firefight in which four insurgents and four policemen were killed and three guerrillas blew themselves up, said Gov. Duraid Kashmoulaof Nineveh province.

Iraqi and U.S. forces had suspected Abu Musab Zarqawi, leader of Iraq’s most feared insurgent group, might be at the house, Kashmoula said. Zarqawi’s whereabouts have been the topic of a stream of murky reports; U.S. military officials have said they believe Zarqawi has vowed not to be taken alive.

The U.S. military was examining the dead late Saturday, the governor said. U.S. military spokesmen in Baghdad said they had no information other than word of the firefight.

Note that Zarqawi has vowed to not be taken alive and three of these guys blew themselves up rather then be taken by Iraqi forces. Could it be him? We know it’s only a matter of time.

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