Revived insurgency or desperate acts?
The insurgency has taken off again after what seemed to be a lull in activity.
U.S. officials have been insisting that there would be a rise in violence after the elections, but the ferocity of the attacks cannot be attributed to that reason alone.
Until yesterday most of the attacks were concentrated against the Iraqi police. But these last two days it seems the targets are more wide spread: a market place, a funeral, a convoy of gas tankers, the walkway between two shrines, as well as an Iraqi police recruiting center.
A visiting Iraqi journalist commented that the situation is going to get worse. He thinks the insurgents now feel empowered because they believe the American troops will start to pull out.
His fear and the fear of many Iraqis is that lawlessness is they something will have to live with for long time.
But today American officials emphasized that these are desperate acts by an insurgency in its dying throes to derail the march to democracy.
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