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A Very Clear Message To The Occupiers Of Iraq

based on a report by Dahr Jamail. October 26, 2005

Two days ago one of the largest suicide bombings to occur in Baghdad detonated between the Palestine and Sheraton hotels. The bomb, transported inside a cement truck, was carefully driven through a hole in the perimeter concrete barrier which was created by a car bomb just minutes earlier.

It was reported in most major media outlets as an attack against journalists.

What wasn’t reported is that there is a large number of security contractors (read "mercenaries") who use these hotels, and it is well known in Baghdad that the penthouse of the Sheraton is used by contractors and CIA operatives.

That very room has been the target of rocket attacks as far back as December, 2003.

Thus, aside from targeting the US government-funded Al-Hurra TV station and the Fox propaganda outlet in the 18-story Palestine Hotel, journalists were exploited by the attack which generated massive media attention.

Killing at least 17 people, the attack sent a very clear message to the occupiers of Iraq -- nowhere is safe; even in one of the most heavily guarded hotel complexes in Baghdad they are completely vulnerable.

You have been reading excerpts from "Mr. 'Bring 'em on'" by Dahr Jamail. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/8c9kw. Many thanks to Dahr Jamail. We visit dahrjamailiraq.com often and we hope you will too.

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