Friday, November 24, 2006

Iraqi Leadership Calls for Revision of Security Plan

Kuwait News Agency - 24 November, 2006

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani Thursday announced that national security council would meet tomorrow to discuss the security situation in the Iraqi capital.

He said, during a press conference with Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi and Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, the head of parliament's largest block, that the security plan would be revised during the meeting.

The Iraqi leading figures called for self-control and "not giving a chance for Iraq's enemy capitalize on the current situation." On his behalf, Al-Hashimi refuted news about withdrawing from the government and stated that he was supporting the self-control as a solution.

He urged what he called "the resistance" to return to the negotiation table for the sake of Iraq's well-being.

Meanwhile, Al-Hakim called for supporting the role of popular committees in national security and added that they would benefit the country's security plan.

Ali Al-Sistani, the supreme leader of Shiite in Iraqi, also urged Iraqis to restrain from violence.

In a statement from his office, Sistani mourned the people killed in the Al-Sadr city attacks.

Baghdad witnessed a new wave of violence today when insurgents detonated several bombs in Al-Sadr city causing the death of about 152 Iraqis and the injury of 250 others.

Also the death of 20 citizens in the capital due to heavy gun clashes in several areas led the government to impose a curfew that would last until a further notice.

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