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Rumsfeld: No Quick Fix to Stop Baghdad Attacks

Suicide bombings and other attacks in Baghdad cannot be curbed with “short-term fixes,” and international organizations simply will have to decide whether they want to operate in Iraq’s dangerous capital, U.S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday. “Look, a terrorist can attack at any time, at any place, using any technique,” Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing. “There aren’t short-term fixes to these problems,” he said when asked if he planned any new security steps such as increasing the number of troops or changing the mix of forces in the Iraqi capital. Earlier the United Nations said it was temporarily withdrawing its remaining international staff from Baghdad following a rocket attack on a fortified hotel on Sunday and coordinated car bombings on Monday, including one against the International Committee of the Red Cross. Full Story

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