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Terrorist Problem No.1 Threat in Iraq -U.S. Commander

Sophisticated terror attacks in Iraq have become the No. 1 threat for U.S.-led forces struggling to establish security in the country, the U.S. commander there said on Thursday. Army Gen. John Abizaid, the head of U.S. Central Command, said “the terrorist problem” was being seen in the shift to strikes of “growing sophistication” such as the massive truck bomb blast that shattered U.N. headquarters in Baghdad this week. “Clearly, it is emerging as the No. 1 security threat, and we are applying a lot of time, energy and resources to identify it, understand it and deal with it,” he told a Pentagon briefing. Since President Bush declared major combat operations over on May 1, most attacks in Iraq have been sporadic in nature and directed against American soldiers. In recent weeks, the assaults have been more sophisticated, utilizing vehicle bombs and causing greater carnage. Full Story

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