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Insurgents widen Iraq fighting

Insurgents unleashed attacks yesterday that killed at least 19 Iraqis in Samarra and wounded 20 US troops near Ramadi, in an apparent attempt to spread fighting across the Sunni Muslim heartland ahead of a US assault on their Fallujah stronghold that appeared imminent.In Fallujah, 11 insurgent groups issued a statement saying they would unite under a single chain of command, called the Islamic Iraqi Armed Forces, to repel the assault, while an influential group that has backed the rebels signaled for the first time a willingness to press its aims through the political process. The Association of Muslim Clerics, which has repeatedly threatened to boycott national elections scheduled for January, joined other Sunni Muslim and Arab nationalist groups in calling for measures to make the elections fairer for the Sunni minority, said Mohammed al-Qubaisi, a spokesman for the group.Full Story

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