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Iraq: Bremer Says Militants Shifting Focus To Attacks On Civilians

Baghdad, 25 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The chief U.S. administrator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer (pictured), says Iraqi insurgents have shifted the focus of their attacks from foreign troops to Iraqis working with the U.S.-led coalition. Speaking in Baghdad alongside General John Abizaid, the chief of the U.S. Central Command, Bremer said attacks against Iraqis have become increasingly predominant. He said militants who have failed to intimidate coalition forces are now trying to intimidate Iraqi civilians, but he said they will not succeed.

Bremer made the statement as another aid group announced it is withdrawing its international staff from Iraq. The aid agency CARE Australia announced the withdrawal after a rocket attack on its Baghdad office last week.

CARE Australia joins the United Nations, the Red Cross, Caritas, Oxfam, and other groups in withdrawing foreign staff from Baghdad due to security concerns.