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Japan Stalls Iraq Deployment After Suicide Bombing

Japan ruled out on Thursday any rapid dispatch of forces to Iraq, in another setback for U.S. stabilization efforts a day after a devastating suicide attack on Italian troops in the south. Italy’s defense minister surveyed the destruction at the military police base in Nassiriya where at least 18 Italians and nine Iraqis died in a huge car bomb blast. The U.S. military said on Thursday another soldier had been killed in an attack in Baghdad, and American soldiers in the flashpoint town of Falluja came under fresh attack. Grappling with an expanding insurgency, U.S. forces hit back on Wednesday night, using a Hercules aircraft to destroy a Baghdad warehouse thought to be used by guerrillas. Two Iraqis were also killed in a helicopter strike against a van used to launch mortar attacks on U.S. forces. Full Story

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