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Iraq Announces Security Measures for October 15th Referendum

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I raq's government has announced that it will enforce curfews, ban cars and close the country's borders ahead of next Saturday's constitutional referendum.

Thousands of Iraqi and coalition troops will also be on patrol to protect Iraq's more than 15-million eligible voters, as many of them cast a "yes" or "no" vote for the charter. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, Sunni Arab political leaders on Saturday urged their community not to boycott the vote, but to cast their ballots against the charter, which they fear will divide the country. In other developments, a suicide car bomber struck in Baghdad, killing seven people. And the U.S. military says it has ended one (Operation Iron Fist) of four operations intended to cleanse western Iraq of insurgents ahead of the vote.

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