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Violence Continues In Iraq As Conference Underway

22 November 2004 -- Violence continued throughout Iraq today as a major conference on the country's future began in Egypt.

In the northern city of Mosul, Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Feydhi Muhammed al-Feydhi was killed by masked gunmen as he emerged from an Islamic centre.

U.S. forces meanwhile uncovered a weapons cache today near Mosul. The military said the weapons stockpile included antiaircraft guns, surface-to-air missiles, and large quantities of explosives.

In Baghdad, insurgents attacked a U.S. convoy, setting fire to an armored vehicle.

In the southern city of Al-Basrah, police said a former Ba'ath Party official and a policeman were killed by unknown assailants.

U.S. forces allowed a Red Crescent convoy into the city of Al-Fallujah today for the first time since a U.S. offensive began two weeks ago.

A two-day conference got under way in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh today aimed at seeking to form a common front on how to help Iraq.

The conference brings together both supporters and opponents of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.


For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".