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Bremer Sees Threat of Iraq Attacks Next Month

Attacks in Iraq will increase as the date for a U.S. handover of power nears and there are fears a religious event next month could be a target, the U.S. governor of Iraq said Thursday. “We will have more of a threat from terrorism as we go toward the June 30 handover because the terrorists clearly understand that once there is democracy here, there is no pretext for attacking any more,” Paul Bremer said during a visit to the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in western Iraq. “We predicted that the situation would become more dangerous and I think it will. The terrorists clearly believe that they are on the losing end here, that time is not on their side,” he told Reuters after talks with Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack, the commander of the 82nd Airborne. After a series of devastating blasts at religious ceremonies in Baghdad and Kerbala ten days ago that left more than 180 people dead, Bremer said security would have to be particularly tight at a major religious gathering next month. Full Story

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