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Insurgents Attack Abu Ghraib Prison Near Baghdad

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Insurgents in Iraq have attacked the Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, injuring at least 18 American soldiers and 12 detainees. The US military says between 40 and 60 insurgents detonated two car bombs and then launched rocket-propelled grenades, followed by small arms fire outside the prison on Saturday.

Coalition forces repelled their attack and the prison is reported to be secured. Abu Ghraib is known as the site of a prisoner abuse scandal that resulted in charges against several U.S. soldiers. Earlier today, a car bomb explosion killed five people in the town of Khan Bani Saad, near Baquba. And in political news, the Iraqi National Assembly is scheduled to meet Sunday to elect a speaker. But politicians say Shi'ite and Sunni leaders are still not able to agree on a Sunni candidate for the post. The impasse has delayed formation of the new government.

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