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Iraq Mostly Quiet Ahead of Constitutional Referendum

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Streets in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, are mostly quiet on Friday, as security measures take effect on the eve of a nationwide constitutional referendum. At Friday prayers, clerics discussed the constitution, with some telling worshippers to vote for its adoption and others urging its rejection.

A U.S. military spokesman (Major General Rick Lynch) said the number of pre-referendum insurgent attacks is down over the same period before the January parliamentary elections, but he said Iraqi and coalition forces remain vigilant. Sporadic attacks were reported in Baquba, Kirkuk and Baghdad, in which four policemen were killed and several people were wounded. Insurgents also bombed and set fire to offices belonging to the largest Sunni Arab political party (the Iraqi Islamic Party), in apparent retaliation for its decision this week to support the constitution

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