Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 21 07:46:55 MST 2003

Rockets Hit 2 Baghdad Hotels, Oil Ministry
Insurgents Used Donkey Carts as Firing Platforms
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Anthony Shadid and Fred Barbash
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 21, 2003; 8:50 AM

BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 -- Insurgents deploying rocket-launcher-equipped donkey
carts attacked symbolically important and well-fortified buildings in
Baghdad Friday, just hours after a top U.S. commander proclaimed progress
in the military's newly aggressive high-tech counter-insurgency operation.

The donkey-cart offensive hit the Sheraton and Palestine hotels here, which
house reporters and American contractors, including employees of a
subsidiary of Halliburton, Inc., as well as the Iraqi oil ministry, where
bureaucrats displaced from a number of government departments do their work.

The damage to buildings and the injuries to people were relatively
contained. Few people were at work early Friday, a holy day here.

The damage to the military's reputation here could not be measured.

full: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2740-2003Nov21.html

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