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Attack on Hotel Well Planned, Officials Say

The bold rocket attack on the Rashid Hotel that killed a U.S. colonel and wounded 15 people required reconnaissance and rehearsal and was launched by a homemade weapon that probably took a couple of months to build, U.S. authorities said Sunday. Army Brig. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who was in the hotel when it was attacked, told reporters the 40-pod rocket launcher was towed to the firing site — a park near the Baghdad Zoo, about 400 yards from the hotel — behind a truck that witnesses said sped away after uncoupling the launcher. Eight to 10 rockets 68 millimeters and 85 millimeters in size struck the hotel, which houses U.S. military officers and staff members of the U.S.-led coalition, causing substantial damage and setting off the sprinkler system.Full Story

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