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Saboteurs Hit Iraqi Facilities

Guerrillas fired mortars at a large prison west of Baghdad overnight, killing six Iraqi inmates and wounding almost 60, U.S. officials said, in a spree of assaults on U.S. troops and important Iraqi infrastructure. Saboteurs blew up yet another section of a major oil pipeline to Turkey today, the second time the route had been hit in three days. Black smoke and flames swirled into the cloudless sky just a few miles from where U.S. soldiers and Iraqi engineers had battled a fire caused by explosives Friday. The two blasts, north of the town of Baiji, abruptly halted crude oil exports that had begun Wednesday. The disruption costs Iraq $7 million a day in revenue, officials say. In Baghdad, meanwhile, two men on a motorcycle unloaded an explosive device at an exposed water main. As they sped off, a blast tore a foot-wide hole in the pipe. Water gushed into a street below, depriving 300,000 homes in the sweltering capital of running water. Boys frolicked in an instant lake that stretched 500 yards along an underpass, while adult onlookers fretted about interrupted water supplies. Full Story

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