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Experts Suggest Outsiders in Iraq Blast

The devastating bombing of U.N. headquarters here Tuesday is the latest in a series of recent attacks that may be the work of foreign terrorists bent on wrecking efforts to rebuild the country, some experts say. There are a variety of groups believed to be operating in Iraq, including supporters of the ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, and no one can know for certain who was involved in attacking the U.N. hotel. But the nature and targets of the recent attacks, which hurt Iraqis and humanitarian workers, don’t seem to fit with the ideology of nationalist Iraqi resistance groups who seem more focused on attacking U.S. forces. United Nations workers “are now and have been working to help the Iraqi people,” said political risk analyst Linda Jamison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “These terrorists don’t want anything but a body count.” Most of those killed in the suicide truck bombing at the U.N.’s Baghdad headquarters were Iraqis and U.N. officials, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. It was similar to the Aug. 7 bombing of the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad that killed 19 people — all Iraqis. The bomb that blew up outside the U.N. building was twice as large as the one at the Jordanian embassy. Full Story

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