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Iraq parliament delays session after bomb plot
Cat : War Against Iraq
Date : 2006-10-02 17:35:48                      Reader : 344

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Associated France Press (AFP) 2/10/2006

Iraq parliament delays session after bomb plot


by Assad Abboud

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Baghdad is abuzz over revelations of a plot to attack the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of the government, as parliament cancelled a session to discuss a contentious law.

Traffic was moving again on Baghdad's streets after the end of a total curfew, which brought the city to a halt between Friday evening and Sunday morning, trapping residents in their homes during the holy month of Ramadan.

Shortly after the curfew's end Sunday, however, a car bomb exploded near a US patrol killing at least one bystander, in a sharp reminder of the conflict that was killing more than 100 people per day before the lock-down.

The vehicle ban was believed to be prompted by US revelations that a security guard working for senior Sunni politician Adnan al-Dulaimi was involved in a plot to carry out multiple car bombings in the Green Zone.

Parliamentarians decided to postpone their session, which would have featured the second reading of a contentious law on federalism that would lay down the mechanisms for carving the country up into autonomous regions.

"The session is postponed until tomorrow because of what happened with Dulaimi -- we want to know what is going on exactly," said a deputy from the Shiite parliamentary bloc.

Another parliamentarian, however, rushed to say there was no relation between the two events and insisted the decision had been made three days earlier, though this was the first indication there would be a delay.

US officials and Sunni leaders were careful to say the arrest of Dulaimi's guard in no way implicated him in the plot, but Shiite politicians were quick to demand that any possible links must be investigated.

Bahaa al-Aariji, a deputy from radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement, appeared on state television to say there was a crisis of confidence in the government and called for a cabinet reshuffle.

"If you do not reshuffle the government, the situation will only get worse," he said. "We demand a reshuffle, especially in the security dossier."

The security situation in the normally restive capital was substantially improved on Saturday by the curfew which resulted in almost no violence for the entire day.

"The situation in Baghdad yesterday was good. No incidents happened," said interior ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf.

With the traffic flow, however, came the return of car bombs and the blast in western's Baghdad's leafy, residential Jamaa neighborhood killed an Iraqi, wounded four other people, left a building in flames and destroyed several cars.

Security officials said US and Iraqi forces took advantage of the curfew to conduct a number of operations around the city as part of the ongoing effort to bring peace to the troubled city.

Residents of Sadr City, a teeming Baghdad slum of two million inhabitants and a stronghold of Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, reported a joint US-Iraqi military operation in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Several residents described an attack that involved house searches, gunfire and some civilian casualties.

"Specially trained Iraqi army forces conducted an early morning raid today to capture a suspected terrorist involved in the kidnapping and murder of Iraqi civilians in northeast Baghdad," a US military statement said.

"Iraqi forces with coalition advisers conducted the operation to detain an individual believed connected to illegal armed groups and involved in improvised explosive device attacks targeting innocent Iraqi civilians, Iraqi forces and US forces."

Much of Baghdad's violence has been laid at the feet of the Mahdi Army, but until now the US military has not attempted to include the vast Sadr City neighborhood in weapons searches taking place under the security plan.

Elsewhere, in southeastern Iraq, two British soldiers were seriously injured when a roadside bomb hit their supply convoy, a British spokesman said.

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