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Acts of sabotage declining, U.S. administrator says

Despite deadly attacks on U.S. forces, the top civilian administrator in Iraq said Thursday that the number of attempts to sabotage power lines, pipelines and other infrastructure has decreased over the past six weeks. ”The opponents have simply decided that they want to try to kill soldiers under the mistaken impression that if they kill our soldiers, we will go away. We are not going to go away,” Paul Bremer said. Insurgents have attacked Iraq’s oil infrastructure and power grids over the past couple of months. U.S. officials blamed the sabotage some of the delay in restoring power and other services. It is hard to quantify the sabotage because it is difficult to separate acts of vandalism and looting from political sabotage. But several attacks last month in particular, including an explosion that ripped open a 40-inch oil export pipeline and blasts at power grids, were likely the work of saboteurs. Full Story

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