Insurgent attacks killed seven Iraqi policemen and two U.S. soldiers Monday as Secretary of State Colin Powell stressed there is no reason to delay Iraq's January 30th election.
Mr. Powell says the vote is a way for Iraqis to take a stand against the insurgents trying to undermine the country's interim government. Major Sunni Muslim and Kurdish parties have called for a six-month delay in the vote. But parties of Iraq's Shi'ite majority say the election should go ahead as planned.
Meanwhile, a car bomb in western Iraq killed seven police officers who were lined up to get paid in the town of Baghdadi. In the capital, a roadside bomb killed two American soldiers.