Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Iraq bans heavy vehicles on most Baghdad bridges

The al-Sarafiya bridge, attacked by a truck bomb on April 12, connected two northern Baghdad neighborhoods: Waziriyah, a mostly Sunni enclave, and Utafiyah, a Shiite area

BAGHDAD, May 2 (Reuters) - The Iraqi military has banned heavy vehicles from crossing most of Baghdad's bridges, a senior military official said on Wednesday, a measure apparently aimed at halting insurgents from blowing up the city's bridges...

U.S. and Iraqi commanders, fearful insurgents are changing tactics to attack Iraq's infrastructure, have increased security in the dozen bridges linking mostly Shi'ite eastern Baghdad with predominantly Sunni western Baghdad.

"We have decided that trucks and pickups that weigh over 1.5 tons are banned from crossing all the bridges (in Baghdad) except the Muthanna and Doura bridges," Brigadier-General Qassim Moussawi, Iraqi military spokesman for a U.S.-backed security crackdown in the capital, told a news conference.

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