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IRAQ Developments



Published: Tue, October 17, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The latest developments in Iraq:

Gunmen killed the brother of the chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial Monday, as the ex-president called in an open letter for Iraqis to forgive their American enemies and stop sectarian killings because the country's "liberation is at hand." The slaying of the prosecutor's brother, Imad al-Faroon, added to the fears of sectarian violence. Al-Faroon was shot and killed in front of his wife at his home in Baghdad. Court officials said Monday that a verdict and sentence would be handed down Nov. 5 in the first trial against Saddam for the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from the town of Dujail after an assassination attempt against him in 1982.

Four days of sectarian slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found. The U.S. command said seven American troops died in fighting a day earlier. That raised the U.S. toll to 58 killed in the first two weeks of October, a pace that if continued would make the month the worst for coalition forces since 107 U.S. and 10 British soldiers died in January 2005.

Source: Associated Press




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