July 15, 2003
Rummy Feeling Blue

Rumsfeld paints gloomy picture

"I'm afraid we're going to have to expect this to go on," Rumsfeld said on NBC's Meet the Press.

"And there's even speculation that during the month of July, which is an anniversary for a lot of Baathist (deposed president Saddam Hussein's party) events, we could see an increase in the number of attacks," he said.

It could be a long, hot and deadly summer for American forces in Iraq, who may soon face increased attacks, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says.

He also admitted the Bush administration does not know how long the U.S.-led occupation will last or what it will cost. American and coalition troops have been the target of daily sniper shootings, rocket-propelled grenades and other attacks.

Hours after Rumsfeld's warning, one American soldier was killed and six others were wounded early yesterday in an attack by insurgents who fired rocket-propelled grenades at their convoy.

Posted by tstubbs at July 15, 2003 10:54 AM
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