Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Latest from Iraq

Today saw a car bomb near Mosul, killing 5 and injuring 3 others. A second bomb in Mosul wounded four U.S. soldiers. Rumsfeld arrived Tuesday in Baghdad on an unannounced visit and met Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Bush meanwhile praised troops in a speach to some 25,000 at the Fort Hood military base, Texas. He said reforms in Iraq may herald a “global democratic revolution”. And in other developements the Pakistani government has confirmed that the kidnappers of a diplomat abducted three days ago in Iraq have made a ransom demand [see below]. Pakistani authorities were in touch with the Iraqi authorities and through them efforts were underway to secure the diplomat's release. [0:56 BST 13/04/05] More later...

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