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Kurds Flex Political Muscles After Iraq Suicide Bombs

Iraqi Kurds convened the parliament of their northern self-rule zone on Thursday to condemn suicide attacks on Kurdish parties who are seeking more autonomy as Washington tries to hand back sovereignty to Iraqis. The parliamentary session after Sunday’s twin bombings of Kurdish party offices in northern Iraq that killed 101 people — the deadliest attacks since the war that ousted Saddam Hussein — shows the political power Kurds are determined to enhance in a transitional government that will draft a constitution. Kurdish demands to extend autonomy beyond the northern area they have run since 1991 have alarmed Iraq’s Arab majority, further complicating Washington’s plan to formally end the occupation and hand power to an Iraqi government by July 1. Full Story

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