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Iraqi Soldiers Killed Near Ba'qubah

17 January 2005 -- At least seven Iraqi soldiers were killed today when armed men opened fire on them at a checkpoint in central Iraq.

The attack occurred near the city of Ba'qubah, which has seen frequent attacks by militants as they press on with a campaign of violence aimed at derailing Iraq's 30 January elections.

Most of the attacks have targeted Iraqi police and soldiers of the National Guard.

Iraqi and U.S. officials have said that despite the ongoing violence, the elections will go ahead as planned.

Interim Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawir said that if the elections were postponed for six months, there is no guarantee the violence would lessen.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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