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US troops question 15 over attacks

US forces were last night interrogating 15 men suspected of involvement in the devastating bombings in Kerbala as Iraq’s political and religious leaders renewed calls for calm amid fears that the coordinated strikes on Shia holy sites could spark sectarian strife. Striking a note of defiance, Iraq’s governing council signalled its determination to press on, saying that the interim constitution agreed earlier this week would be signed tomorrow, after the three-day official mourning period. “We refuse to let terrorism halt the political momentum we have achieved,” a council spokesman said. But Paul Bremer, the US administrator in Iraq, conceded it was “increasingly apparent” terrorists were entering the country and pledged to increase border controls – a key demand of the country’s leading Shia clerics. Full Story

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