A scramble for power as Iraqis prepare to vote
The much debated and long awaited vote for an Iraqi constitution is causing even more fighting.
What happenedU.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major offensive against insurgents in western Iraq this week to stem rising violence ahead of an Oct. 15 constitutional referendum. Days after a string of deadly car bombings around Baghdad, about 2,500 American soldiers attacked strongholds of Sunni Muslim rebels who have been trying to thwart the vote. In a second offensive called Operation Iron Fist, the U.S. struck against foreign jihadists based near the Syrian border who