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Insurgents Fire Rockets at 2 Baghdad Hotels; 3 Hostages Are Freed

Two Turks and a Pakistani kidnapped here last week were released Friday, as insurgents launched rockets that hit two hotels where foreign workers and journalists stay. Three security guards were injured after one of the rockets dropped into the parking lot of one of the hotels.Also on Friday, Yemen became the second Arab country to offer to send troops to Iraq, now that formal sovereignty has been officially passed to a new Iraqi government. On Thursday, King Abdullah of Jordan, which borders Iraq to the west, said he would be willing to send troops to help quell violence in Iraq. But Hamid al-Bayati, the interim deputy foreign minister, said Friday that it was unlikely that Iraq would accept the offers. He said that he was grateful for the offers of training and equipment but that Iraqi policy generally did not allow troops from any neighboring countries to enter Iraq, for fear of interference in its internal affairs. “We have sensitive issues with Turkey,” he said in an interview. “We have sensitive issues with Iran, which might want to send troops. It’s quite complicated.”Full Story

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