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Iraq Sunnis seek US pullout as deaths mount

 BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Sunni leaders said on Wednesday they would focus on pressing U.S. forces to pull out after failing to block a controversial constitution, hoping a U.S. death toll of 2,000 will encourage Washington to withdraw.

"Our political program will focus more on getting the Americans out of Iraq," Hussein al-Falluji, a prominent Sunni who took part in talks on the constitution, told Reuters.

"Our message to the American administration is clear: get out of Iraq or set a timetable for withdrawal or the resistance will keep slaughtering your soldiers until judgment day."

The death of an army sergeant pushed the U.S. military death toll in Iraq to the symbolic figure of 2,000 on Tuesday, but President George W. Bush warned more sacrifices were needed before U.S. troops could come home.

The news cast a shadow over the final results of the Iraqi referendum, which showed that voters had ratified a new constitution despite bitter opposition in Sunni Arab areas where insurgents are battling to topple the Baghdad government.

Passage of the constitution paves the way for elections on December 15 that Washington hopes will mark Iraq's emergence as a stable, federal democracy and open the way for the U.S. military to hand over security to Iraqi forces and pull out its troops.

Prominent Sunni Arab leaders rejected the referendum as a fraud, warning it could fuel militant violence and discourage Sunnis from participating in future elections.

U.N. and Iraqi election officials said the vote, which was largely peaceful despite widespread fears of a surge in militant violence, was fair.

DISUNITED

With a Friday deadline looming for parties and electoral coalitions to register on the ballot paper for the December 15 vote, Sunni leaders face growing pressure to form a united strategy.

Sunni Arabs, once dominant under Saddam Hussein, mostly boycotted January elections which swept Shi'ites and Kurds to power after decades of oppression.    Continued ...


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