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Finnish Civilians Slain in Iraq

Two Finnish businessmen were shot to death on their way to a meeting in Baghdad on Monday in the latest in a series of attacks on civilians that U.S. officials believe is aimed at disrupting the return of sovereignty to an Iraqi government in June. The shootings occurred after a civilian judge, an Iraqi police chief and two of his bodyguards were killed in two incidents outside the Iraqi capital. Gunmen opened fire at civil defense troops in two cities, killing one and injuring 11. “The extremists have started shifting away from the hard targets of the coalition military and the Iraqi security forces [and] are now going out of their way to specifically target softer targets … for the simple purpose of trying to break our will as this country moves forward,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, spokesman for coalition forces. Full Story

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