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Iraq Council Member Escapes Convoy Ambush

Gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying a member of the Iraqi Governing Council as she was returning Thursday to Baghdad from mediation efforts in Najaf. The council member survived but at least one bodyguard was killed and her son was missing, aides said. Salama al-Khafaji was in a three-vehicle convoy that came under fire in the town of Yusufiyah. A bodyguard was killed and another was critically wounded, according to chief aide Fateh Kashef al-Ghataa. He said the car carrying al-Khafaji’s 18-year-old son, Ahmed Fadel, plunged into an irrigation canal, and survivors said they saw him swimming away. However, he was still missing, Kashef al-Ghataa said. “Everyone fought the attackers, including Ahmed,” Kashef al-Ghataa said. It was unclear whether al-Khafaji was wounded in the attack. Kashef al-Ghataa said only that she was taken to a “secret location” for security reasons. Full Story

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