Vicious attack on Iraq government ministries underscores challenges facing Iraq, US

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Scores were killed and hundreds wounded in yet another attack on government ministries in downtown Baghdad.  The violence underscores the challenges facing the government as it attempts to plan for elections in January. It also raises questions for American troops.  There are still 120,000 US combat troops in Iraq, in addition to 100,000 or so contractors.  How will Iraq fare when the US reduces its troops down to the 50,000 non-combat level, which is scheduled for June 2010? Read the full article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/25/AR2009102500811.html

Car bombings kill 26, wound 80 in Iraq

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The violence in Iraq continues to target people who favor peace, as well as truly innocent people who are buying food in the markets, attending mosques, weddings, funerals and going about every day life.

Today a horrendous series of car bombings killed at least 26 people and injured more than 80 others in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province about 62 miles west of Baghdad. The bombs destroyed a series of reconciliation meetings set up in advance of the January elections.

Two of the car bombs detonated within 10 minutes of each other at Ramadi’s police headquarters, killing at least eight police officers. Less than an hour later, a third car bomb, driven by a suicide attacker, detonated outside a hospital.

Authorities believe the attacks were carried out by al Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni militant group. This follows a rise in violence during the preceding weeks Anbar. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq-bombings12-2009oct12,0,22011.story

Britain remembers its fallen soldiers in Iraq War

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The Queen and Prince Phillip have attended a memorial service for Iraq troops at St Paul’s Cathedral. They were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Ian Luder with the pearl sword. The ceremony symbolises the prominence of the Sovereign in the City of London. As per tradition, he presented the Queen with the sword as she arrived.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8299200.stm

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