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Insurgents increasingly hit vulnerable foreigners

For weeks, a pair of civilian engineers – one German and the other Dutch – made a daily, roundtrip commute of about 100 miles from their hotel in Baghdad to the site of a new sewage treatment plant in nearby Rezaza. Even with their small security detachment of Iraqi police regularly accompanying them, the pair no doubt knew what has become an accepted risk here: The route is recognized as one of the most dangerous roads in Iraq, where carjackers and terrorists take turns preying on increasing streams of commercial traffic that have arrived in recent months to help rebuild the country. On Tuesday, the two workers and their armed Iraqi escorts were murdered just a few miles from the plant. They are the latest victims in a string of assaults that have claimed eight civilian contractors and missionaries in the past 10 days. At least two dozen foreign civilians have been killed in Iraq since May 1, when President Bush declared major combat operations over. Full Story

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