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Competing ideas about target of Green Zone bomb

Michael S. Schmidt and Duraid Adnan report for the New York Times:

On Monday, a spokesman for the speaker of Parliament said that an explosion in the heavily fortified Green Zone here had been aimed at the speaker, Osama al-Najafi.

But late Friday, security officials who report to the prime minister offered a new interpretation of who had been the car bomber’s intended target: they said it had been aimed at Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

Although it was not clear why the senior officials’ aides were disagreeing over who had been the target of the attack, the different claims reflected the political tension between Sunnis and Shiites as the United States withdraws all of its troops by the end of the month.

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