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Rocket Hit Marks Shift in Iraqi Guerrilla Tactics

A rocket strike on a Baghdad hotel from which U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz escaped unhurt underlined how Iraqi guerrillas are shifting to more sophisticated tactics, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Col. William Darley, a spokesman for the military wing of the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), said there was no obvious link between those who carried out Sunday’s attack on the Rashid Hotel and those behind a string of suicide bombings in Baghdad that claimed 35 lives the next day. Darley said Monday’s attacks appeared to reflect growing influence of Arab fighters from beyond Iraqi borders. The guerrillas who struck Sunday were supporters of toppled president Saddam Hussein. U.S. General James Jones, NATO supreme commander, said it was unclear if the two incidents indicated an underlying rise in the level of violence. Full Story

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