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The New York Times > International > Middle East > Violence in Iraq Claims More Than 100 Lives in Past 3 Days

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Violence in Iraq Claims More Than 100 Lives in Past 3 Days: "Violence in Iraq
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.

Published: May 1, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 1 - Insurgents used car bombs to attack a Kurdish funeral near Mosul and children playing next to an American military convoy in Baghdad while gunmen ambushed a squad of Iraqi police officers in the capital, killing at least 35 people today and wounding 80 more.

American and Iraqi officials hoped the formation of a new government last Thursday would dampen the insurgency and reassure Iraqis. Instead, insurgents have launched coordinated attacks that American officials describe as a clear effort to undermine and challenge the confidence and authority of the new government. Since Friday, more than 100 Iraqis have been killed and 200 more have been wounded.

Senior officials from the new Shiite-led government insisted today that they were getting closer to naming the remaining cabinet ministers needed before the new government can be sworn in and assume power on Tuesday. Political leaders have been deadlocked for days over Sunni Arab choices for one of the most important posts, minister of defense. Sunni leaders say they remain angry at having been shortchanged in the formation of the cabinet."

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