Polish troops wounded in attack after Iraqi resistance bombs US occupation headquarters
A bomb exploded on the outskirts of the southern city of Mahawil on Friday, wounding two Polish soldiers on patrol in the area. A military spokesman said the soldiers' injuries were not life-threatening and that the attack was under investigation. Mahawil is about 80 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.
Earlier, Iraqi resistance fired a salvo of mortar shells at US occupation headquarters early Friday in the first attack against this target since the Americans mounted a massive counteroffensive against resistance last month.
Two soldiers were injured and light damage was reported to a building in the so-called Green Zone, the downtown area housing the headquarters of the U.S.-led occupation, a military spokesman said, according to The AP.
The attack came after the American administrator of Iraq said Thursday that the country's transition to independence could be marred by increased violence.
L. Paul Bremer III, however, expressed high hopes for Iraq's political future, saying he believes Iraqis want and understand democracy.
"It is ambitious and it is possible," he said in an interview in one of Saddam Hussein's vast palace compounds. (Albawaba.com)
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