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Iraq Announces Emergency Powers Law

The Iraqi government announced a long-anticipated package of security laws Wednesday to help crush insurgents, including a provision allowing interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to impose martial law. “The lives of the Iraqi people are in danger, they are in danger from evil forces, from gangs of terrorists,” said Human Rights Minister Bakhityar Amin, who compared the new law to the U.S. Patriot Act. As the plan was announced, masked gunmen battled Iraqi forces in central Baghdad, and at least four people were killed. Mortars landed near a residence used by Allawi, and Iraqi police also defused a massive car bomb elsewhere in the capital.Full Story

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