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Signs of Danger Preceded Bombing

In the past two weeks, Western and Iraqi officials saw signs that plans might be underway for a violent attack here but did not have enough information to prevent the suicide bombing Wednesday that killed more than 30 people, including at least 18 Italians. It was 10 days ago that Nasiriyah police captured a high-ranking official of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime along with several former members of his Mukhabarat intelligence service, according to officials with the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraqi police. The police also received written warnings of imminent attacks on schools. The capture of the former regime aides and the warnings of violence were previously unheard-of events in the Shiite Muslim-dominated region. Full Story

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