Election run-up likely to raise violence in Iraq

09/20/2004
Elections raise prospects for a further escalation of violence and more disruption to oil flow in and from Iraq.Violence, already rising, will increase in the run-up to elections in Iraq next year and possibly in the US in November.Attacks on Iraqi oil pipelines and on US and Iraqi troops increased ominously after rebel Shiite cleric Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr asked supporters at the end of August to suspend violence.Al-Sadr's request, which eased 3 weeks of tension in the holy city of Najaf, came after the moderate Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returned to Iraq from London to demonstrate that he, rather than al-Sadr, had support of the country's majority Shiite population.The ...
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