Iraqi politician condemns attacks

The Iraqi National Congress (INC) condemned the attacks on British and coalition forces.

Despite the killings, the INC's Dr Ahmad Chalabi insisted the "overwhelming" majority of Iraqi people remained grateful to the coalition for removing Saddam Hussein and the Baathist regime.

He said: "We denounce the horiffic attacks on British forces and give our deepest sympathies to the families of those soldiers who have died giving hope to a nation that has suffered for so long.

"We strongly urge the occupation authorities to move quickly to empower an Iraqi provisional government in order to fill the political vacuum."

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