An apparent suicide car bombing outside an Iraqi army recruitment center in Baghdad has killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 100. Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi visited the scene of today's (Thursday's) explosion and denounced what he called the "cowardly attack." He vowed that his government would prevail against such attacks. A U.S. military officer at the scene said there were no American casualties. He said most of the victims were Iraqi civilians, many of whom had lined up to join the Iraqi army.
Pakistani ground forces backed by warplanes have launched a new assault on suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border. Military officials say the operation is aimed at flushing the militants out of their hideouts in the South Waziristan region. Witnesses say they saw warplanes dropping bombs near the small town of Angoor Ada today(Thursday).
Ten people have begun an 18-hundred kilometer walk to Washington to draw attention to the plight of the Hmong people in Laos. Walk leader Zong Khang Yang says he hopes the walk will encourage the United Nations to send peacekeepers to Laos and the Lao government to allow humanitarian aid into the country. The walkers left Saint Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday. They hope to reach Washington in three months.
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