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(RFE/RL) January 24, 2007 -- Gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying Iraq's higher education minister in southern Baghdad today, killing one of his guards.


The minister, Abd al-Dhiab al-Ajili, a Sunni, told Reuters his motorcade was attacked several times along his route to work in southern Baghdad. The education ministry and education facilities have been frequent targets of insurgent attacks in recent weeks.


In a separate development, a U.S. security firm confirmed that five of its employees were killed on January 23 when their helicopter went down in Baghdad. It was not clear whether the helicopter was shot down.


(AP, Reuters)

On The Verge Of Civil War

The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)


HAS THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ BECOME A CIVIL WAR? Many observers have concluded that the tit-for-tat sectarian violence that emerged after the February 2006 bombing of a mosque in Samarra has become a full-blown civil war.... (more)

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