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Iraq Sunni party severs US ties

Iraq's biggest Sunni Arab political party has suspended dealings with American military personnel and civilians following a raid by US-backed Iraqi forces near Fallujah in which one man was killed.

The Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP), headed by Tareq al-Hashemi, the Iraqi vice-president, said on Saturday that there had been a "hidden political motive" in the killing.

US forces said that one man, who they alleged was an anti-government fighter, had been arrested and that one person had been killed in the joint US-Iraqi raid, carried out on Friday.

But the IIP said in a statement that five people had been detained and one killed "in his bed", and that the targets of the raid were senior party officials.

The IIP said it would suspend all communication with US personnel until it got "a convincing explanation of what happened, accompanied by an official apology".

It also demanded ass


Added: Oct-26-2008 
By: PiRaTeCoPy
Iraq, Middle East
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