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Bremer says more attacks aimed at civilians; Japan vows to send troops

The top US representatives in Iraq warned that insurgents have shifted away from targeting coalition forces to attacking civilians, as Japan vowed to send troops to the restive country despite overwhelming public opposition. A relative calm swept over Iraq after a leading Sunni cleric called on insurgents to halt attacks so the country can observe the Eid al-Fitr holiday which started Monday for Sunnis there and will start Wednesday for the Shiite majority. This contrasted with a bloody holy month of Ramadan which saw an unprecedented wave of attacks on both foreign troops, civilians and international organisations. But US overseer in Iraq Paul Bremer said that former regime loyalists and foreign fighters who are “terrorising” Iraqis will not succeed, as the top US general in Iraq John Abizaid vowed there would be no-let up in the drive to crack down on insurgents. Full Story

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