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Thursday, June 10, 2004

One-and-a-Half to One - No Turn Over 

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Rebels Launch an Array of Attacks Across Iraq
Insurgents staged attacks on American forces and their allies on several fronts today, firing mortars at Iraqi militiamen west of here, setting two critical oil pipelines in the north ablaze and ambushing a military convoy in the capital.

In the holy city of Najaf, in the south, fighters loyal to the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr moved to seize a police station tonight despite a declared cease-fire, the second such attack in two days.

Today, the cleric's militia, the Mahdi Army, still controlled the holiest Shiite site in Iraq, the golden-domed Shrine of Ali. An aide to Mr. Sadr asserted that officials linked to the militia would have the right to take part in future elections despite a recent order from the American administration saying otherwise.

The various assaults underscored the fact that the United States was still engaged in a wide-ranging war, one that American officials say will likely get worse as the White House tries to return some measure of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30.
Between this and the Kurds feeling peeved and all, and what with the US initially refusing to allow the new Iraqi leadership to make their own call on US military actions within their borders but eventually acquiescing; one has to wonder what the book in Vegas on an actual June 30 turn over is now.


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