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Attacks on Troops in Iraq will Increase: Egyptian Official

Tuesday, 10 June 2003 12:00 AM

New York -- A senior official in Egypt's foreign ministry tells NewsMax that attacks on US troops in Iraq will likely increase.

"It will get worse, this is only the beginning," explained the veteran diplomat who requested confidentiality.

The diplomat's assessment comes as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told reporters in Lisbon, Portugal that he too saw attacks on US troops continuing:

"It will take time to root out the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime. Do I think that that's (the attacks) going to disappear in the next month or two or three? No."

Last Friday, a US soldier was killed in the northern city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. That was followed on Saturday by another attack in the town of Fallujah, about 45 miles west of Baghdad. No serious injuries were reported by US Central Command in that incident.

On Tuesday though, two more US soldiers were reported killed in Iraq.

Since President George W. Bush's May 1, speech declaring major combat operations in Iraq had come to an end, more than 30 US soldiers have been killed, according to the Pentagon.

The Defense Department is reported to have boosted the US troop presence in Iraq to more than 200,000 up from about 150,000 at the time the Coalition overran Baghdad.

Last week, published reports claim that the effort to form a provisional Iraq government had been put "on hold" by US administrator Paul Bremmer. Bremmer, it was said was not satisfied that the effort to form a new government "was broad enough" and as such would now "appoint" a group of local Iraqis to work with.

The developments came as criticism increased on Capitol Hill that the Bush administration has mishandled the administration of Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April.

"If anyone can do a better a job, they are welcome to come and help out," Bremmer recently told reporters in Baghdad.

The Egyptian government official explained that the Bush administration never really planned for events beyond toppling Saddam Hussein.

"This is true," explained the Egyptian official, "no Arab country will get involved in this."

Washington has had little success in convincing other nations, beyond the UK and Australia. to assist in "stabilizing" Iraq. Some European nations have expressed interest in contributing to the effort (such as Poland), but no force of a major size is said to be in the works at this time.

This comes as reports from the region talk about US troops in Iraq starting to complain about remaining in the region longer than originally envisioned.

The Arab boycott on Iraqi stabilization has also extended to OPEC (the international oil cartel).

Last month, the oil producer's organization rejected the credentials of the US appointed Iraqi official named to run his nation's oil industry.

As such, the US is now selling Iraqi crude on the open-spot market, independent of OPEC agreements.

Next to Saudi Arabia, Iraq has the second largest proven reserves of oil. Unexplored regions in northern Iraq could boost reserves beyond that of Saudi Arabia, explained a former official of British Petroleum.

The current situation in Iraq was summed up by the Egyptian diplomat: "It is a mess and it will get worse for the US."

He envisioned attacks, casualties and fatalities of US troops only growing, especially as Washington moves closer to a presidential election year in 2004.

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