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Old 08-15-2007, 08:02 AM   #1
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AP - Rescuers dug through the muddy wreckage of collapsed clay houses in northwest Iraq on Wednesday, uncovering victims of four suicide bombings that Iraqi officials said killed at least 200 people in one of the worst attacks of the war.



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U.S. speculates al-Qaeda behind Iraq bombings
Wednesday 15th August, 2007 The U.S. military command in Iraq thinks al-Qaida may have been behind the spectacular bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 200 people.
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Brigadier General Kevin Bergner opened his briefing in Baghdad Wednesday with this simple statement. "Yesterday was a tough day," he said. The general was referring to the nearly simultaneous suicide bombings in northern Iraq, which he said bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida terrorists. "This attack, the spectacular nature of it, the complete disregard for human life, the car bombs that were used, all have a consistent profile with al-Qaida in Iraq violence," he added.

General Bergner said such attacks are designed "to undermine the sense of progress" that U.S. and Iraqi forces are creating as a result of the new strategy and troop surge. He says the U.S. command expected insurgents to try to do that in the run-up to a key progress report due to be presented to the U.S. congress by September 15.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Bryan Whitman said in spite of improvements in security, terrorists can strike if they are willing to die doing so. "These are [cowardly] acts against what we call 'soft targets,' innocent civilians. And I think you have to take a look at where this attack took place, too," he said. The new security effort is focused on Baghdad and other population centers. Tuesday's attacks were in a rural area.

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New US-led offensive in Tora Bora
Wednesday, 15 August 2007, The offensive involves ground troops and airstrikes
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Hundreds of US and Afghan soldiers have returned to launch a new attack on the last known hideout of the fugitive al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. They have launched an air and ground assault in the Tora Bora region, near the border with Pakistan. A US military spokeswoman said the mountainous terrain was an ideal environment to conceal militant bases. Tora Bora was the scene of a failed major US operation to capture Osama Bin Laden in 2001.

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Reports say dozens of families in the area have fled the latest fighting. A US military spokeswoman, Captain Vanessa Bowman, said the assault was launched against targeted positions: "The targets were carefully chosen to pinpoint enemy positions and eliminate the likelihood of harming innocent civilians." "This region has provided an ideal environment to conceal enemy support bases and training sites, as well as plan and launch attacks aimed at terrorizing innocent civilians, both inside and outside the region," she said. She did not say how long the operation would continue for.

The Tora Bora region, a complex of caves, is known as the last stronghold of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. News of the US offensive comes as three German nationals were killed, and a fourth wounded, by a roadside bomb, near the Afghan capital, Kabul. They were travelling in a diplomatic convoy. Local police say the blast was caused by a remote-controlled bomb, which completely destroyed one vehicle. In a separate incident, a British national working for a private security firm which guards the British embassy, was killed by unknown assailants in Kabul.

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