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Iraq declares state of emergency

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has declared a state of emergency for 60 days, his spokesman said on Sunday. The emergency declaration excludes Iraqi regions run by Kurdish peoples in northern Iraq, and comes as U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare for an assault on insurgents in Falluja. Government spokesman Thair Naqib, after making the announcement, did not offer details of the state of emergency, saying they would be announced Monday. Naqib was asked whether the state of emergency was part of preparations for a Falluja operation. “The Iraq government is serious in maintaining the security of the county, and also it is quite serious in its move toward the [January] general election, and any obstacles in this way will be removed by the government,” Naqib said. Full Story

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