Iraqis urged to take up arms after bloody weekend

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July 9, 2007 03:31

 
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Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives. The calls reflect growing frustration with the inability of Iraqi security forces to prevent extremist attacks. Sunday's deadliest attack occurred when a bomb struck a truckload of newly recruited Iraqi soldiers on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing 15 and wounding 20, a police official at the nearest police station said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

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