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Iraqi President Delays Iran Visit Amid Bloodshed

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (file photo) (epa) November 25, 2006 -- Amid a surge of sectarian bloodshed in Baghdad, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has postponed a planned visit to neighboring Iran, saying he cannot make the flight to Tehran because the Baghdad airport is closed.

Iran had originally proposed holding a summit of the Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian leaders today, but it is not clear when or if such a meeting will occur.

At least 30 people were reported killed yesterday as Shi'ite militiamen attacked a Sunni Arab area of Baghdad, burning mosques and homes, in apparent reprisal attacks.

(compiled from agency reports)

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