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Sunnis Suspend Taking Part in Iraq Panel

Sunni Muslim members on a committee drafting the new Iraqi constitution suspended their participation Wednesday, a day after two Sunni Arabs participating in drafting the charter — committee member Mijbil Issa and committee adviser Dhamin Hussein al-Obeidi — were gunned down as they left a restaurant in Baghdad’s Karradah district. A bodyguard was also killed. Issa was among 15 Sunni Arabs appointed to the committee last month to give Sunni Arabs a greater voice in preparing the constitution, which must be approved by parliament by Aug. 15. Two Sunnis had already quit due to insurgent threats, and with the death of Issa the others were considering withdrawing from the committee. Kamal Hamdoun, a Sunni member, said the 12 remaining members would meet Thursday with Sunni leaders and decide what to do. Full Story

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