Iraq: September 4, 2004

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Another bomb attack was made on oil pipelines in the north. Although thousands of Iraqis have been hired to guard the pipelines and oil facilities, there are thousands of kilometers of pipelines and hundreds of facilities to watch. And some of the Iraqi guards can be bribed. The government, however, does have an incentive to make security work, as the main source of money is from oil sales.

A terrorist bomb went off a police training facility in the northern city of Kirkuk. Attacks on the police by anti-government forces have not stopped recruiting, but have caused police on duty to shy away from taking on possible terrorists or anti-government gunmen. Saddam long controlled Iraq through terror, and many of his enforcers are still at it.

 

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