CORRECTED ~ Senior lawmaker assassinated by insurgents in Iraq Krista-Ann Staley at 11:32 AM ET
[JURIST] Insurgents struck the convoy of Dhari Ali al-Fayahd with a suicide car bomb on Tuesday, killing the senior member of Iraq's parliament along with his son and three bodyguards. Al-Fayahd, a Shiite in his 80s who was misidentified as Sunni in early press reports, was the second parliamentarian killed since the April elections [JURIST news archive]. The attack came on the one-year anniversary of the formal transfer of power from the US to Iraqis [JURIST report], an event due to be marked by a speech by President Bush from Fort Bragg Tuesday evening. While the insurgency has become more deadly since the elections, Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] said Monday two years would be "enough" to establish security in Iraq. US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said over the weekend, however, that the process could take up to 12 years. Reuters has more.
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