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Violence rumbles on in Iraq amid warnings of worse to come

Routine violence rumbled on in Iraq amid US warnings of an intensification of attacks in coming months and reports that Islamic militant network Al-Qaeda is switching its centre of operations here. A rebel tribal chief loyal to Saddam Hussein meanwhile told AFP Monday that agents of the ousted president carried out the August bombing of the UN headquarters here, backing an Internet communique that also claimed an October attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross. Two US soldiers were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the main northern city of Mosul, witnesses said, while an Iraqi bomb disposal expert was blown up north of the capital in the latest loss for the coalition’s police allies. The Mosul attack came as US troops were directing a large queue of motorists waiting to fill up at a petrol station in the city, in a scene repeated across the country in recent weeks amid a chronic shortage of fuel. Full Story

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