Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Baghdad governor assassinated - Jan 4, 2005

The governor of Baghdad province was assassinated Tuesday morning in the Iraqi capital, an Iraq Interior Ministry official said.
Al-Haidri had survived an assassination attempt in September when attackers ambushed his convoy using a roadside bomb and firing machine guns, the Interior Ministry said.
Iraq's elections are set for January 30.

Also Tuesday, a suicide truck bomb killed 10 people and wounded 60 others near Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area where Iraqi government offices and the U.S. Embassy are based.

Eight of the dead were Iraqi police commandos and two civilians, an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The explosion happened near an Iraqi Security Forces compound and a palace used by U.S.-led coalition forces, according to an Iraqi police spokesman.

The truck was a fuel tanker laden with explosives, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

It was the second time in as many days that the Green Zone area was targeted by a bomb.

On Monday, a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint west of the Green Zone, hitting a three-vehicle civilian convoy.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed that three Britons were among those killed in that attack.

Earlier Monday, a suicide car bomb attack near the political party headquarters of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi killed at least two Iraqi police officers.
Also Monday, a suicide bomb attack killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded 14 other people at a checkpoint in Balad, north of Baghdad, a U.S. military spokesman said. Another bomb attack Monday wounded two U.S. soldiers riding in a humvee along a northern Baghdad road, the military said.

The attacks are the latest against Iraqi authorities, including soldiers, police and politicians, in advance of this month's elections. U.S. and Iraqi officials have warned insurgents would likely step up attacks in an attempt to derail the elections.

Iraqi voters are expected to choose a 275-member transitional national assembly. That body will put together a permanent constitution that will go before voters in a referendum. If the law is approved, the plan calls for elections for a permanent government.

Insurgent attacks have prompted calls from many Iraqis to delay the January vote. Iraq's interim government and the United States appear determined to leave the date unchanged.

As predicted, this is going to be a very violent few weeks in Iraq.

Not sure what office, if any, the late governor of Baghdad was running for, but now that he is dead I assume that John Ashcroft will announce plans to run against him.


Blogger RIposte said...

...once again, Asscroft loses to the deceased, with exit polls indicating that the stiff was seen by voters as being "more animated and compassionate."

12:33 PM  

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