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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:15 AM
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Powell arrives as anti-US tensions boil in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AFP) - US Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) arrived here to bolster the beleaguered occupation of Iraq (news - web sites) where tensions boiled after a shooting that left nine Iraqi security men dead from US gunfire.

In a new attack, one American soldier was killed and three wounded by an explosive device in the town of Fallujah west of Baghdad where anger still ran high after Friday's "friendly fire" tragedy.

He quickly went into talks with Paul Bremer, Washington's administrator for Iraq, kicking off a crowded day of meetings with US and Iraqi officials similar to the tour a week ago by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said that Powell was dropping in "to see firsthand the progress being made" in rebuilding Iraq, but the visit came at a delicate moment for the US-led occupation.

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  - Good timing, House-boy.  Rebel_with_a_cause   Sep-14-03 04:32 AM   #1 
Rebel_with_a_cause Donating Member (933 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 04:32 AM
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1. Good timing, House-boy.
More than likely, your arrival has ignited a bounty of attacks against our troops as a means of communicating a point: "Get your Satan-ass out of our country."

Try to recall your military days as you scan the hospitals and morgues for the wounded, and then tell us that this mayhem which the US has created for itself is in the best interests of the United States.
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