Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Times Online - Bush uses deadliest day to beg Iraqis to turn out for the polls

Times Online - World: "AMERICAN forces yesterday suffered their worst day of losses in Iraq in nearly two years when a US Marine helicopter crashed, killing thirty-one people, and five other troops were killed by insurgents.
With only four days to go before Iraq holds elections, the death toll dealt a heavy blow to American efforts to establish security over the country and encourage the participation of as many as possible.

Election workers and local politicians bore the brunt of the latest violence. In Arbil, northern Iraq, a truck bomb exploded outside the headquarters of a Kurdish party, killing 15 people and injuring 80 others.

In Mosul, another northern city, insurgents released a video showing three Iraqi electoral officials who had been taken hostage at gunpoint. "


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