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A New Era Begins In Iraq

Iraq's National Assembly convenes in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 16, 2005. Iraq's first freely elected parliament in half a century began its opening session Wednesday marking a major milestone on the road to forming a new government in the insurgent-wracked country. Kurdish delegate Fuad Masoum is at the podium. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)


On the anniversary of the Saddam Hussein-ordered chemical attack in 1988 on the northern Kurdish town of Halabja, an attack that killed 5,000 people, Iraq's first freely elected parliament in half a century began its opening session Wednesday.

AP reports that the parliament's 275 members convened in an auditorium amid tight security in the heavily guarded Green Zone with U.S. helicopter gunships hovering overhead.

Minutes before convening, at least a half dozen explosions detonated a few hundred yards away. The U.S. military said two mortar rounds landed inside the zone but caused no injuries.


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Comments (6)

/snark on - The liberals mu... (Below threshold)

/snark on - The liberals must be preoccupied with the planning of the "Congressional nominations obstructionist campaign" and forgot to send this months "freedom fighter" check.... /snark off

1988?Reagan must hav... (Below threshold)
Just John:

1988?
Reagan must have had some strong words for him. Right?

Just John, just like Clinto... (Below threshold)

Just John, just like Clinton had tons of strong words for Arafat?

Actually, Clinton did have ... (Below threshold)

Actually, Clinton did have strong words for Arafat, if what I read was accurate. Clinton was blaming Arafat for scuttling Clinton's legacy by refusing to accept everything the PLO had claimed to want when it was offered by Israel's Sharon government.

But I don't think that's what Henry's talking about.

Damn McGehee you can read m... (Below threshold)

Damn McGehee you can read me like a book. Hah

Or to put it another way, just like Roosevelt had extremely strong words for Stalin DURING World War II?

Since we are seeing the blo... (Below threshold)
BR:

Since we are seeing the blossoming of freedom from Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Lebanon and now Iran, I'm taking the liberty to repost links from "Raymond" in an earlier thread: "Iranian People's Shock & Awe in Tehran and here.

Something is happening in Iran"

*****

Yessss! The domino effect like after the Berlin Wall fell!




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