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#1 13 years ago

Gunmen have assassinated the mayor of Baghdad, Ali al-Haidari, police officials said.

Al-Haidari was shot dead while in his car in Baghdad's northern neighbourhood of Hurriyah, the police officials said.

He was a target of another assassination attempt last year.

No other details were immediately received.

Meanwhile, a truck packed with explosives detonatednear an Iraqi National Guards barracks Tuesday in western Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 40, police said.

The blast in Baghdad's Qadessiyah district occurred when a suicide driver rammed the truck at an Iraqi police checkpoint which was also near an entrance of the Green Zone, the fortified home of the US Embassy and headquarters of the interim Iraqi government.

The barracks serves as a recruiting centre for the paramilitary guards who have been repeatedly targeted by insurgents who are trying to derail this month's parliamentary elections.

The explosion occurred not far from the site of Monday'sexplosion in front of Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's party headquarters that killed two police officers, one civilian and injured 25 other Iraqis.

Thick white smoke billowed from the area of Tuesday's blast which echoed throughout the capital.

how are the elctions supposed to be conducted with violence rampant shouldnt they be postponed?




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#2 13 years ago

if they want to wait until everybody stops the violence, they are gonna wait for a very long time.




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#3 13 years ago

the elections will be 'fixed' anyway. the U.S. needs a friendly Government in power.

my money is on the elections already being decided, in fact they were probably already decided before the start of this phoney war.




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#4 13 years ago

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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledges that they may not be held at all in 20 percent to 25 percent of Iraq because of continuing violence.

so much for democracy :cort:




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#5 13 years ago

so they will take plae in those areas with a pro-democracy populace. w00t. sounds fair to me! :rolleyes:




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#6 13 years ago

a bit like the US electoral system. you don't campaign in states where you know you don't stand a chance; you just ignore them....




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#7 13 years ago

I wonder, are the people of Iraq going to listen to America's wallets, or the AK-47s of the insurgents? I don't know, I might laugh if they just go and vote another nutty dictator in. I know it's not a partularly funny thing, far from it, but the irony would just be immense.




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#8 13 years ago

how will anyone comeout and vote considering the prevailing situation!!!




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#9 13 years ago

They open their doors, step outside, walk to the polling stations, vote, walk home... whether or not they all get shot or blown up, I don't know. Whether or not they will actually want to vote in the first place, I don't know. I know one thing; if you let the terrorists stop the democratic process, such as it is, then you've let them win. That's exactly the sort of thing they're aiming for in Iraq. Quite simply, they can't postpone the elections forever, because there is no sign of terrorist activity decreasing in the near future.




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#10 13 years ago

which will be great.

there are no free elections, it's either going to be an iraqi government of extremist muslims or a corrupt american dictatorship.