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New Attacks Highlight Growing Sectarian Divisions in Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated a belt of explosives at a gathering of Sufi Muslims on Thursday evening north of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 11 others, an Interior Ministry official said today.The attack capped an extremely bloody day across the country. Along with the killing of a Shiite cleric in the south, the strike brought to at least 44 the number of Iraqis killed in attacks on Thursday. More violence followed today, as at least three Iraqis were killed and a dozen wounded in shootings and bombings. An American military spokesman also said that a soldier had been killed on Tuesday in a rocket attack at an American base in Baghdad. At Friday prayers, a cleric representing one of the ruling Shiite Arab parties, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, called for the Iraqi government to execute Saddam Hussein and his aides as soon as possible. The cleric’s demand followed comments made to CNN by the Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, in which he said that Mr. Hussein could go to trial “within two months.”Full Story

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