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Iraq's Allawi Vows to Crush Rebels Sowing Violence

Iraq’s prime minister vowed to crush Baathist die-hards and foreign militants he blamed for killing more than 100 people in a day of suicide bombings and attacks meant to sabotage next week’s move toward Iraqi rule. Hours after Iyad Allawi spoke, militants were in action again overnight, killing three Iraqi policemen in an attack with rocket-propelled grenades on a police station near the town of Baquba. “These are isolated incidents,” said Allawi. “We are going to defeat them… We have been expecting this escalation and we are expecting more escalation in the days ahead.” The death toll from Thursday’s massive wave of bomb and gun attacks crept to more than 100 on Friday. Iraq’s third largest city Mosul was worst hit, with four suicide bombings killing 62 people, including a U.S. soldier, and wounding 220, a senior military official said. Full Story

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