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Iraqi Sunni Arab Parties Form Coalition Ahead of December Election


Three Sunni Arab parties in Iraq have announced they are forming a coalition ahead of December's parliamentary election for a permanent government.

The announcement Wednesday, from the Iraqi Peoples Gathering, the Iraqi Islamic Party and the Iraqi National Dialogue comes a day after referendum results showed 78 percent of Iraqis approved the new constitution. The document passed despite stiff opposition from Sunni Arabs.

In other developments, an Internet statement attributed to al-Qaida in Iraq claimed it had kidnapped two employees from the Moroccan embassy in Baghdad. The Moroccan news agency reports that Rabat has had no news about the missing employees since Thursday and has sent a team to Jordan to coordinate efforts to win their release.

Meanwhile, attacks in Baghdad and Ramadi killed three Iraqis. An American soldier also died in a vehicle accident in southern Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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