At least 31 die in Iraq violence on eve of Ramadan, Green Zone bombed

At least 31 people were killed as bombers penetrated Baghdad’s fortress-like Green Zone and US aircraft pounded the insurgency den of Fallujah, as talks to avert war in that city appeared to unravel. The bloodshed came on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan after Prime Minister Iyad Allawi told Fallujah to surrender Iraq’s most-wanted man, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, whose band of Jihadists claimed Thursday’s assault on a bustling restaurant and bazaar in the heartland of the Iraqi government. The attacks in the Green Zone killed up to 10 people, including four Americans, when a suicide bomber and his colleague unleashed carnage in back-to-back blasts just before 1:00 pm (1000 GMT). Full Story

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