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Consensus Grows as Constitutional Deadline Approaches in Iraq


Iraq's president says he expects the country's new constitution to be ready Sunday, one day ahead of schedule.

Jalal Talabani told reporters Saturday that the committee drafting the document had resolved several outstanding issues. He said the delegates are working to reach agreement on the issues of federalism and the relationship between Islam and the state.

Some members of the 71-person drafting committee say most areas of disagreement have been resolved.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another in western Baghdad. And residents near the western city of Ramadi are blaming U.S. troops for a shooting incident Friday outside a mosque that local officials say killed 15 people, eight of them children. The U.S. military says its troops were not involved in any shooting in the area.

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