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Bombing Leaves Upscale Iraqi Neighborhood Deeply Shaken

Residents and business owners in the upscale Arasat neighborhood here, deeply shaken by a deadly car bomb that tore through a local restaurant late Wednesday night, began the depressing task today of cleaning up the debris and trying to restore order to their lives. American officials said today that at least eight people died in the explosion, three more than first reported by Iraqi officials. The attack, which reduced much of the restaurant to rubble and damaged nearby buildings and several cars, seemed intended to strike at the ruling elite and foreign presence. The restaurant, once a popular spot for Baath Party officials, had become a familiar gathering place for expatriate diplomats, aid workers and journalists as well as upper-middle-class Iraqis. Full Story

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