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Wednesday 05 November 2003
 
Security in Iraq
 
US soldiers patrol A week of increasing violence in Iraq has threatened Iraqis and foreign forces alike. There are now signs that security in Baghdad is being increased - but will checkpoints be the answer?

This report from Jonny Dymond:
 
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The sprawling headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Administration, sitting on the west bank of the Tigris, escaped from Tuesday night's attack unscathed. There are some signs that security in central Baghdad has been stepped up. Late on Tuesday night, a military checkpoint appeared on one of the main roads in the city's business and commercial district. On Wednesday morning, a higher profile US army presence was on the streets outside the fortified hotels where most foreigners stay. But there's a limit to what the occupying powers can do. To close down Baghdad with endless checkpoints and a large number of troops on the streets would not only provide attackers with a greater range of softer targets, it would also make the city feel yet more occupied. Better intelligence, rather than a heavy-handed security presence, is what the coalition needs most.

Jonny Dymond, BBC, Baghdad
 
 
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sprawling
 
covering a large area
 
Coalition Provisional Administration
 
The US-led administration in Iraq - something that is provisional has been arranged for the present time but will be changed in the future
 
unscathed
 
undamaged
 
stepped up
 
increased
 
checkpoint
 
a place where traffic has to stop and be checked
 
higher profile
 
more obvious
 
fortified
 
fortified buildings are strengthened, to resist attack
 
the occupying powers
 
countries which have taken power in Iraq
 
softer targets
 
places which are easier to attack
 
heavy-handed
 
rough and thoughtless
 
 
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