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Bombing and Qaeda Claims as New Iraq Council Meets

A Baghdad bombing killed an Iraqi and claims were broadcast of al Qaeda involvement in attacks on U.S. forces, as an Iraqi Governing Council held an inaugural meeting hailed by Washington and the United Nations. The council, roughly reflecting Iraq’s religious and ethnic make-up and giving Iraqis more say in running the country, said one of its first decisions on Sunday was to abolish all holidays honoring Saddam Hussein. U.S. officials retain the final word on policy. A group calling itself the “Armed Islamic Movement for Al Qaeda, the Falluja Branch” said in an audio tape broadcast by Dubai-based Al Arabiya television that it was behind attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and warned of more bloodshed in coming days. Full Story

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