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Iraq Prime Minister Promises Push For Security, Reconciliation

21 May 2006

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his new government will increase security, as insurgents killed at least 18 people in attacks Sunday.

Mr. al-Maliki spoke after his Cabinet's first meeting since its Saturday inauguration. He says his government plans to create a special security force to reduce violence in Baghdad.

But the Cabinet still does not include ministers of defense, interior or national security because of political fighting over who should fill those posts.

The prime minister also said ending daily violence in Iraq would require reducing public support for insurgent groups by promoting national reconciliation and improving the country's collapsing infrastructure.

Sunday's most deadly attack, a suicide bomber killed 13 people and wounded 17 in a crowded Baghdad restaurant.

Earlier, two roadside bombs killed at least two people and wounded 20 others in different parts of the capital. Others were killed in drive-by shootings and attacks elsewhere in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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