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Iraq Car Blast Seen As Tactical Shift

The New Year’s Eve car bombing of an upscale Baghdad restaurant, which killed eight people, was a sign that opponents of the U.S.-led occupation forces may be shifting to civilian targets, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. The so-called “hard targets” in Baghdad — like coalition complexes and Iraqi police stations — are increasingly well guarded, pushing insurgents toward soft targets, like Nabil Restaurant, said a U.S. military officer with the 1st Armored Division. He spoke on the condition of anonymity. “When terrorists can target coalition forces or Iraqi police,” they will, said Lt. Gen. Ahmed Kadhem, deputy Iraqi interior minister and Baghdad chief of police. “If they can’t, they go to an easier target, aiming at civilians.” Full Story

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