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UN leans toward Iraq return as Shiites rise up in protest

UN chief Kofi Annan leaned toward sending a team to help save the US power transfer plan in Iraq as a wave of anti-American protests mobilized the country’s Shiite majority for a second straight day. As the political battle heated up, Japanese soldiers arrived in the southeastern town of Samawa in their first overseas conflict-zone mission since World War II and a massive rotation of US troops got into full swing in northern Iraq. After meeting members of the Iraqi Governing Council and the US overseer in Baghdad, Paul Bremer, Annan indicated Monday he would consider sending a team to advise whether national elections could be held ahead of the dissolution of the US occupation in June. Full Story

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