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As Goodwill Fades, Attacks Rise in Iraq

There was hardly any sorrow, and certainly no tears, from the students of Baghdad University over the fatal shooting of a U.S. soldier as he stood alone under a tree drinking one of two sodas he had just bought from the students’ cafeteria. The soldier, killed Sunday by a single shot, was one of three American troops who lost their lives over a 24-hour period in Baghdad, a city where ambushes, sniping and roadside bombings targeting U.S. occupation forces have become a daily occurrence. “Why should I be sorry?” political science student Omar Abdel-Sattar said of the soldier’s death. “He was no cousin or friend of mine. He was an occupation soldier.” Whatever goodwill that has been built between ordinary Iraqis and American troops since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April appears to be fast eroding. Full Story

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