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[casi] Iraqi council member dies from wounds

Iraqi council member dies from wounds

Thursday 25 September 2003, 12:47 Makka Time, 9:47 GMT

The Iraqi Governing Council member who survived an
attempted assassination last week has died of her

Aqila al-Hashimi was declared clinically dead late on
Wednesday night.

She had undergone two unsuccessful stomach operations
at a US military hospital in the compound of Saddam
Hussein's former Republican Palace in Baghdad.

US occupation administrator, Paul Bremer, released a
statement offering his "condolences to her family, her
colleagues on the Governing Council and the people of

Council chairman and convicted fraudster Ahmad
Chalabi, speaking from New York, said al-Hashimi was
certain to be missed.


One of only three women on the 25-member US-installed
council, she had been preparing to leave for this
week's UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
But six men threw hand grenades and sprayed her
two-car convoy with machine-gun fire on her way to the
airport last Saturday.

Chalabi blamed Saddam Hussein loyalists for the

Weekend attack

It was the first such attack on an Iraqi official of
the US-appointed administration.

Members of Iraq’s governing council have all increased
their security and have felt increasingly threatened
since the weekend attack, according to Aljazeera’s

“There is a popular perception is that the Governing
Council is nothing more than a US government by proxy.
Members now believe they are likely targets.”

Political career

Al-Hashimi, a career diplomat, had been expected to
become Iraq's new ambassador to the UN.

She served in the Foreign Ministry during Saddam
Hussein’s presidency and was the only official of the
ousted government appointed to the 25-member Governing

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