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Baghdad Safe Area Is Becoming Less So

A recent spate of attacks — including a previously undisclosed mortar strike that killed a Bechtel Corp. subcontractor last Thursday — has pierced the sense of security inside the U.S.-led coalition’s well-protected Green Zone. The Iraqi construction worker, who was working at the San Francisco-based engineering giant’s Baghdad compound when insurgents launched a daytime attack last week, is believed to be the first person killed in a shelling of the Green Zone since last fall. In October, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel died in a rocket attack against the area’s Rashid Hotel, where Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz was staying. On Sunday, a U.S. soldier was wounded in a daytime mortar attack that struck close to the Baghdad Convention Center, where coalition officials hold media briefings and many business and aid groups are based. Full Story

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