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Iraq constitution on track, but not end to violence

In a month, Iraq should have a constitution, meeting a deadline set as part of a U.S.-backed timetable for its transition from occupation to independence. Whether that can defuse bloody conflict to give Iraqis a stable and sovereign state remains an open question. “I don’t think anyone seriously doubts there will be a constitution more or less on time,” said one senior diplomat in Baghdad. “I’m impressed by how hard everyone’s working on it.” Sunni leaders, distancing themselves from the insurgents and their foreign Islamist allies in groups like al Qaeda, have called on their people to vote next time to show their numbers. Full Story

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