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Violence Continues in Iraq as PM Prepares to Address UN - 2004-09-24


Explosions continue to shake parts of Iraq today (Friday), just hours before interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi will go before the United Nations to speak about security and the upcoming elections in his country.

In Baghdad, a large blast shook the central part of the city. Officials say at least three people were killed and 14 others wounded.

To the west, in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, witnesses reported U.S. artillery fire in parts of the city.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Allawi was honored at the Pentagon this morning. He will address the U.N. General Assembly later in the day.

Mr. Allawi said he will ask U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to clarify a recent comment that he does not believe credible elections can be held in Iraq this January unless security improves. Mr. Allawi has said elections will goforward as scheduled.

Information for this story is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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