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Insurgents Blamed in Iraq Oil Fires

Attacks on vital pipeline may worsen the gas shortage. Coalition troops continue raids in pro-Hussein areas, killing one woman. Iraqi officials blamed loyalists of jailed former leader Saddam Hussein on Sunday for sabotaging a vital stretch of oil pipeline and blowing up a huge gasoline storage tank in Baghdad. The attacks that set the north-south oil pipeline ablaze in at least four places threatened to worsen an already dire shortage of gasoline that has angered Iraqi drivers and fomented criticism that the U.S.-led coalition is mismanaging postwar reconstruction. Coalition troops, meanwhile, continued raids through insurgent strongholds along the border with Syria and in the so-called Sunni Triangle that was Hussein’s power base, arresting hundreds of Iraqis accused of attacking U.S.-led forces. An Iraqi woman was killed in one of the raids and two others injured when troops used explosives to blow in the door of a house in Rawah, along the western border, coalition officials reported. Full Story

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