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Leading Iraqi Politician Accuses U.S. Forces Of Butchery


http://gdb.rferl.org/75DA8D34-0796-4713-BE13-37D35630C453_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/75DA8D34-0796-4713-BE13-37D35630C453_mw800_mh600.jpg Mahmud al-Mashhadani (file photo) (epa) July 22, 2006 -- The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mahmud al-Mashhadani, has demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq and has accused U.S. troops of "butchery."


At a speech at a UN-sponsored conference on justice and reconciliation on July 22, al-Mashhadani, a conservative Islamist, said that Iraq had little use for foreign advice.


Al-Mashhadani is a member of the main Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, which is a member of the government.


The launch of a number of high-profile investigations into alleged abuses has in recent months thrown a sharper focus on the deaths of Iraqi civilians at the hands of U.S. forces.


In the latest incident, on July 21, U.S. troops killed at least three civilians -- two women and a child -- in a raid in the city of Ba'qubah, northeast of the capital, Baghdad.


The U.S. military expressed regret for the deaths.


(AFP)

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