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Bombings, Clashes Kill 18 People in Iraq

A suicide car bomber struck an Interior Ministry convoy in Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven police commandos and two civilians. Earlier, a bomb mounted on a bicycle blew apart a music store in Hillah, south of the capital, killing one, officials said. In the early hours Sunday, U.S. and Iraqi forces clashed with gunmen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, killing at least eight Iraqis in an east Baghdad slum. The clash was certain to raise tension between U.S. and Iraqi security forces and followers of al-Sadr who is building opposition to the country’s new constitution, which will be voted on in a national referendum Oct. 15. Full Story

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