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Iraq Councilor Dies; Blast Near NBC Hotel

Aquila al-Hashimi, the first member of Iraq’s American-picked Governing Council to be targeted for assassination, died Thursday, five days after she was shot in an ambush. In the latest attack on foreigners in Baghdad, a bomb exploded outside a hotel housing NBC staff, killing a Somali guard and injuring a Canadian sound engineer. Meanwhile, the U.S. commander in Iraq said an investigation found no misconduct by U.S. soldiers who killed eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian hospital guard near Fallujah on Sept. 12. “The initial findings are that the soldiers acted within the construct of the military’s rules of engagement,” Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said of the action by the 82nd Airborne Division. Sanchez also said the unit acted within military rules when it called in a helicopter airstrike on a farm north of Fallujah on Tuesday, killing three men and wounding three other people, including two boys. He added that he would not order an investigation. Full Story

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