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UN Orders 'Independent' Report on Baghdad Bombing

The United Nations decided on Tuesday to allow an independent inquiry into the deadly bombing of the U.N. compound in Baghdad following complaints the world body should not just investigate itself. Catherine Bertini, the undersecretary-general for management, sent an e-mail to all U.N. staff saying that in addition to a U.N. investigation “an independent inquiry will be conducted to investigate our security arrangements in the run-up to the bombing” that killed 22 people and injured 160. Bertini, in her e-mail, did not give details of what independent body may undertake the additional security analysis of the Aug. 19 bombing. Since the attack, the U.N. Staff Union’s committee on security has called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to suspend U.N. operations in Iraq and conduct a “full and independent investigation to determine why adequate security was not in place at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.” Full Story

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