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WASHINGTON Experts say the suspected suicide attack inside an Army mess hall in Iraq is mind-boggling from a security point of view.

They say it represents a breach of the most basic principles of military security and points to significant weaknesses in the screening of Iraqis who are allowed onto the base.

A retired Army officer who helps design security training for the military says, "It blows my mind that force protection on the base is that poor."

Mitch Mitchell and other experts say it's obvious the military is not taking basic protective actions for U-S troops in Iraq. On most bases, troops have their meals in large dining hall tents instead of in small, scattered groups. That presents a tempting target for militants.

The Pentagon is defending its security arrangements.

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