On the rooftop of an Iraqi government building in Baghdad, a gun crew went through its paces again and again. The troops were working hard to improve the time it took to prepare their antiaircraft battery for action. On the street below, a taxi driver looked up inquisitively at the scurrying soldiers. "Is there going to be another attack?" he asked his American passenger. Everyone in Iraq's capital was wondering about the answer.

Though the news in Iraq is edited to reflect whatever message Saddam Hussein wants to convey, the people knew last week that they again faced the threat of...

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