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Journalists Contradict US Version of 'Success' Against Resistance in Iraq

HeadlineMar 25, 2005

A day after Iraqi commanders claimed a joint operation with US forces killed more than 80 resistance fighters at a training camp outside of Baghdad, reporters who visited the camp are contradicting that claim. Journalists from Agence France Press and other agencies say they saw 30 to 40 fighters at the lakeside training camp attacked by US and Iraqi forces the day before, claiming they had never left. One of the fighters said only 11 resistance fighters were killed in airstrikes on the site. Local hospitals told AFP they had received no casualties from the battle. Meanwhile, on the political front Shiite political leaders say the new parliament could convene for the second time ever early next week to nominate its speaker and the country’s president. The Shiite parties are expected to take 16 to 17 ministries in the new government.

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