MPs should show solidarity with Iraqi politicians

I think our MPs should organise exchange job-swops with Iraqi MPs, for a week at a time, to show solidarity in the face of adversity.

TCH should be the first British MP to make the most of this opportunity, which should be well-publicised and allow maximum contact with the Iraqi people! :twisted:

Suicide car bomb kills Iraqi MP

Dhari al-Fayadh, 87 - a Shia who was Iraq's oldest MP - died with his son and three bodyguards when the car bomb hit their convoy in northern Baghdad.

He is the second MP to die in renewed violence following the installation of an elected government in April.

The killing comes a year after the US handover of power to Iraqis, an anniversary President George W Bush is due to mark with a speech on US TV.

Dhari al-Fayadh, a tribal leader who had presided over the first session of parliament before a speaker was elected, was on his way to a meeting of the assembly when the bomber struck.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Baghdad says that by staging the bombing, insurgents sent a message of contempt for the US-backed political process.

On Monday Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said two years would be "enough" to establish security in his country.

He said this depended on several key factors, including developing Iraq's own security forces, the co-operation of neighbours over borders and the development of political process.

However, Mr Jaafari did not elaborate on precisely what he meant in terms of the level of violence, or whether he was talking about the defeat of the insurgency in that time.

His comments appeared strikingly more optimistic than the message from Mr Rumsfeld a day before.

Speaking on US television, Mr Rumsfeld said: "Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years."

At least 10 people died and about 30 others were wounded across the country on Monday.

More than 1,000 people - mostly Iraqis - have been killed since the new government was installed in April.

Recent opinion polls in the US have shown a considerable drop in support for the US-led invasion of Iraq.

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