Iraq: 30 killed as work begins on new government

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April 24, 2006 01:11

Insurgents killed three more American soldiers in the Baghdad area Sunday and fired mortars near the Defense Ministry in a spree of violence that killed at least 27 Iraqis as politicians began work on forming a new government. The largest Sunni Arab party raised new allegations of sectarian killings - one of the most urgent issues facing the new Iraqi leadership. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the next government must decommission sectarian militias and integrate them into the national armed forces, warning that the armed groups represent the "infrastructure for civil war." Sunday's deaths raised to eight the number of US troops killed the past two days.


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