Shiites to Stay Together to Contest Ballot

The alliance of Shiite religious parties that swept

Iraq’s historic election in January has agreed to remain together to contest the Dec. 15 parliamentary ballot, an official said Friday. Roadside bombs, meanwhile, killed two American soldiers in Baghdad and in Ramadi, west of the capital, on Thursday, raising to 2,007 the number of U.S. military members who have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. Full Story

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