Iraqi Prime Minister Says More Attacks Likely

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister warns the run-up to national elections in January won't be a peaceful one as insurgents try to destabilize the country.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told Shiite tribal members during a meeting in Baghdad that insurgents will likely intensify their attacks in an attempt to destroy national unity and political stability.

A flurry of recent bombings has sparked fears that insurgents could re-ignite the sectarian fighting that nearly tore the country apart two years ago.

It has also raised questions about the ability of Iraqi security forces to maintain stability.

Al-Maliki says the terrorists "recognize that we are about to have a political breakthrough."

He says major steps have been taken already but more are needed to overcome lingering obstacles.

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