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Remote-Controlled Blast Kills 7 Iraqi Recruits

A remote-controlled blast killed seven Iraqi police recruits at their graduation ceremony west of Baghdad Saturday in a new attack blamed on die-hard Saddam Hussein loyalists seeking to derail U.S. plans for Iraq. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of seizing Turkish special forces troops in northern Iraq in a “totally ugly incident,” but said later some had been freed. Turkish private television channel NTV said the country’s top generals met to discuss possible retaliatory steps against Washington if all of the soldiers were not promptly released. The killing of the police recruits occurred a day after a message purportedly from Saddam called on Iraqis to fight the U.S.-led occupation of their country. U.S., British and Australian forces toppled Saddam on April 9, but have been unable to establish whether he is dead or alive. Full Story

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