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06-12-2004, 02:06 PM
Iraqi deputy minister assassinated
7 Turkish hostages freed; bodies of 3 other hostages found
Saturday, June 12, 2004 Posted: 2:17 PM EDT (1817 GMT)

Bassam Salih Kubba was killed Saturday when assailants drove by and shot into his car.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraqi deputy minister was gunned down in front of his Baghdad home Saturday morning, in the latest attack on an Iraqi government official.

Bassam Salih Kubba, one of four deputy foreign ministers, was assassinated Saturday morning in an ambush, according to witnesses and government sources. (Full story)

Kubba, 60, worked in the Foreign Ministry for more than 30 years, holding an important post under the previous regime. He had been a part of Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari's delegation to the United Nations in New York last week.

This is the second attack this week on an Iraqi government official. Assailants opened fire on Iraq's deputy health minister, Ammar al-Saffar, Wednesday morning as he left his home for work. He escaped unharmed.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying "this sinister and cowardly attack is part of ongoing attempts by anti-democratic forces to create chaos and instability by targeting officials of the new interim government and infrastructure facilities.

"Such terrorist acts are perpetrated at a time when a great deal of progress has been achieved with the formation of the new interim government and the unanimous vote for UNSC (United Nations Security Council) resolution 1546 which endorses the political process in Iraq."

Zebari said: "We are saddened to lose such a close friend and a highly capable diplomat who has been helping our efforts to rebuild the foreign ministry."

Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said: "Once again, the shedders of innocent blood, the dwarfs who have only known treachery, treason and aggression, have perpetrated a new crime; the assassination of senior Iraqi diplomat."

Last month, a convoy carrying Dr. Salama al-Khafaji, a female member of the Iraqi Governing Council, was ambushed. Four people in the convoy were killed, but al-Khafaji survived.

In mid-May, a suicide bomber killed Izzedine Salim, who was just two weeks into what was to be a monthlong term as the council's president. Six others were killed in the blast outside the Green Zone, the highly secure area of Baghdad that's home to the U.S.-led coalition's headquarters.

Bodies of three hostages found
Also, a Lebanese national and two Iraqi co-workers who had been taken hostage earlier this week were found shot to death on Saturday, a Lebanese diplomat said.

Hassan Hijazi, charge d'affaires of the Lebanese embassy in Baghdad, said Lebanese national Hussein Olayyan and two Iraqis were working for a Lebanese telecommunications company. Their bodies were found on the road near Ramadi.

Another Lebanese, a businessman called Roger al-Hadad, was kidnapped a few weeks ago and released a few days later. Lebanese businessman Habib Sammour, who owns a small shop in Baghdad, disappeared about a month ago.

Turkish hostages freed
Seven Turkish civilian contractors, held in Iraq, have been released, their employer told CNN Turk on Saturday.

Serdar Adali of Serka Ltd. did not have any other details.

Video released this week showed members of an obscure militant group holding Turkish workers and issuing anti-coalition messages.

The video, obtained by The Associated Press Television and released Thursday, showed the four kneeling in front of the masked, armed militants. The hostages were holding passports.

A video shown on Tuesday showed three other Turks surrounded at gunpoint by militants.

Najaf calm
In the Shiite city of Najaf, an ongoing battle between coalition forces and radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army seems to be calming down, according to a senior coalition official.

The official also praised the efforts of Iraqi police, who are trying to maintain stability in the volatile city and neighboring Kufa, where U.S. troops and the Mehdi Army fought for weeks before a truce agreement went into force on June 4.

Al-Sadr, who has waged a deadly battle against U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, will support the interim Iraqi government if they set up a timetable to withdraw coalition forces, according to a statement released Friday.

Al-Sadr's statement was read by a Muslim cleric, on his behalf, during Friday prayers in Kufa.

"Secondly, I want to inform you, Iraqis, that I am endorsing this interim Iraqi government if it declares a rejection of the occupation and coalition forces in Iraq and demands a timetable for their withdrawal," according to al-Sadr's statement, read by Mohammed al-Khafaji.

"So if they will accept then we will go along but if [it fails to do so] it will be seen in front of God and the community."

Brawling and gunfire involving al-Sadr's militia flared Friday in Najaf and the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City

Miss Mally
06-12-2004, 02:10 PM
wonder if anyones was gunned down in LA or Chicago...Washington...NY yesterday.

The media fills us with every gun fired off in Iraq....

06-12-2004, 02:12 PM
Yea , I know , pretty bad hun ?

06-12-2004, 02:23 PM
The media is focused on the middle east....most media oulets are to the left and with that in mind what happens over there they think puts another Blimish on Bush. Afterall...this is an election year!

06-12-2004, 07:19 PM
There were probably 3 times the killings in LA in one night than in the entire country of Iraq.

06-12-2004, 08:10 PM
I agree!...wait...I concur!....lol