State of emergency in Iraq, borders closed
(Note: Where's the hue and cry from those politicians and others that lambast all efforts to close America's borders? Or is this 'different'?)
November 8, 2004
Baghdad, Iraq (UPI) - Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced Monday a state of emergency in certain parts of the country, including the closure of borders and Baghdad airport.

Allawi told a news conference Baghdad's international airport would be closed for 48 hours and the borders with Syria and Jordan will be closed until further notice, except for trucks carrying food supplies.

He also announced a curfews in Fallujah and Ramadi for 24 hours, beginning at 7 p.m., except for medical and rescue teams and employees in basic services such as bakeries and the water and electricity companies.

Allawi noted the curfews on Ramadi and Fallujah, hotbeds for insurgents and foreign fighters blamed for suicide bombings, will be lifted after the two Sunni cities have been purged of "terrorists and the remnants of the ousted defunct regime."

The Iraqi premier said U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured 36 insurgents in fighting that took place in the outskirts of Fallujah and Ramadi on Sunday.