The car bomb that ripped apart the Jordanian Embassy today has brought terrorism to the heart of Iraq’s capital and presented the American-led occupation with a new and unpredictable threat. American forces have repeatedly come under attack from small teams armed with rocket-propelled grenades and by an array of homemade mines and explosive devices. This attack was different. The blast was not directed against well-armed American forces but against what the military calls a soft target, a highly vulnerable and undefended structure. The goal was not to alter the military equation but to punish a foreign government and produce a large number of civilian casualties. Nobody claimed responsibility for today’s blast, and it was unclear who was responsible. But in recent weeks, it has become clear that the enemy the Americans are fighting is multifaceted and diverse. Full Story
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