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Iraqi Sunnis Form New Political Alliance

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In Baghdad, more than one thousand Iraqi Sunnis have announced the formation of a new political alliance. Officials of the yet-unnamed group said Saturday it will speak out for Sunnis who they believe are under-represented in the new Shi'ite-dominated government. Most Sunnis boycotted the January elections, but still want a part of the Iraqi political process.

The new group's first official act was demanding the resignation of the Iraqi interior minister (Bayan Baqer Solagh), blaming him for a wave of violence against Sunnis. Elsewhere, Iraqi officials say an ambush has killed at least four members of an Interior Ministry security force. Saturday's pre-dawn attack occurred in the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. official in charge of Iraqi reconstruction says the Iraqi insurgency is hampering his efforts. William Taylor says the violence is discouraging foreign investors.

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