Monday, November 20, 2006

Syrian Foreign Minister, in Baghdad, Calls for Timetable on U.S. Troop Withdrawal

BAGHDAD, Monday, Nov. 20 — Syria’s foreign minister said Sunday that his government was prepared to help stabilize Iraq, and during a visit here he called for a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops, saying that it would help reduce the violence. 'New York Times.'
the Iraqi deputy health minister, Ammar al-Saffar, was kidnapped from his home in Baghdad by gunmen in police camouflage uniforms. A member of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s party, al-Saffar’s abduction came days after dozens of people were abducted from the education ministry in the capital. South of Baghdad, 17 laborers killed, 47 injured by suicide-driven bomb car in Hilla.
The Iraqi government estimates that 150,000 Iraqis have been killed since 2003.
This year the death toll has been about 100 people every day, some 3,000 a month. The estimates of the CIA and the US Defense Intelligence Agency is higher – 180 deaths a day last month.

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