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Massive security boost at Iraqi borders as Al-Qaeda blamed for attacks

Iraq’s top US official announced a massive increase in border security, as the Al-Qaeda network and foreign fighters were blamed for coordinated bombings in two cities that killed around 170 people. “The US has committed 60 million dollars to support border security,” US overseer Paul Bremer said. “We are adding hundreds of vehicles and doubling border police staffing in selected areas.” Around 170 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in Tuesday’s bombings in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and at a Baghdad mosque, the worst attacks in Iraq since the fall of former dictator Saddam Hussein last April. Bremer blamed Jordanian Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who is suspected of links to the Al-Qaeda network, and said his aim was to provoke sectarian violence between the majority Shiite and the smaller Sunni Muslim communities. Full Story

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