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US occupation forces in Iraq have abandoned plans to hold a national
congress to select an interim government.
Instead, the US will appoint a council of some 30 senior figures who
will shadow the US administration to prepare for taking power.
Meanwhile resistance to the US occupation intensifies.
In Baghdad, gunmen firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault
rifles attacked an American military convoy yesterday. At least one
American soldier was wounded and one Iraqi civilian killed in the
The assault followed a mortar attack on an American base on the
outskirts on the capital. One soldier was slightly wounded.
According to the New York Times, it was the first mortar
attack in Baghdad since the end of the war.
In Basra, thousands of Iraqis poured into the streets to protest a
new local governing council that was put in place by British occupation
forces. The protestors denounced the setup as undemocratic.
Noam Chomsky, institute professor and professor of linguistics at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology speaking at the University of
the District of Columbia. He is the author of 9-11, Power and Terror
and many other books.