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Thanksgiving Massacre in Baghdad Kills 161

Posted on Nov 23, 2006
Iraq carnage

A series of coordinated car bombings and mortar attacks in Baghdad’s Sadr City killed at least 157 161 people and injured 257 (source: AP).  Shiite militia members responded to the attacks with their own mortar barrage on the holiest Sunni shrine in Baghdad, making this one of the most violent days in Iraq since the U.S. invasion.

The Guardian:

The Iraqi government today imposed an indefinite curfew in Baghdad after one of the worst days of violence since the U.S.-led invasion.

The Interior Ministry ordered people and cars off the streets after a series of car bombs exploded in the predominantly Shia district of Sadr City, killing 157 people and wounding 257.

Baghdad international airport was closed to all commercial flights, officials said.

The blasts were followed by a mortar barrage aimed at a nearby Sunni enclave, and came as gunmen attacked the Shia-run Health Ministry.

Iraq’s health minister warned that the death toll from the bombings could rise. “Many of the dead have been reduced to scattered body parts and are not counted yet,” Ali al-Shemari said.


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By Rodney Matthews, November 24, 2006 at 8:29 am Link to this comment
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As much as Bush and company is responsibe for the fisaco in Iraq, there is plenty of blame to go around. The American Congress and media failed to question this maniac, moron,dangerous idiot of a President who stole two elections. The American electorate put The Ingorant Decider back into office because we allowed ourselves to be afraid and allowed our patroitism to be questioned by this group of dangerous neocons who had us believing supporting the troops means supporting this dangerous policy. We are now getting what we deserve as a nation and reaping what we’ve sowed in Iraq by reelecting the most incompetent man ever to hold public office in the history of our nation. It’s too late for his Daddy to come in at this point and try to clean up the mess his son made. This is not Leave it to Beaver where Ward Cleaver comes in and straightens out the Beaver’s mishaps. What was Daddy Bush doing when he allowed his ignorant son to tske this nation on a course of pre-empted war destroying hundreds of thousands of lives, costing hundreds of billions of our precious tax dollars, and destroying the very moral foundation in which this nation was founded on. Oh curious I mean dangerous George is responsible for the mess he made in Iraq, but their are a lot of accomplises for allowing this to happen!

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By V, November 24, 2006 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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Being from India, I do not know a lot about Bush or the politics in US. I do not even know the ideologies of the Democratic or Reublican parties (if they have any). But I know one thing for sure. What Bush is doing is just barbaric and is deserving of the death penalty. To kill 600000 and counting people for personal profit (or revenge) will go as the biggest crime ever commited in the history of mankind. The only competition would be from Hitler. To know there are some Americans that support Bush’s actions in Iraq made me lose a lot of respect for America. It only takes one drop of poison to keep you away from a pot of milk. History will definitely put Bush’s America in the same category as Nazi Germany.

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By ElectricBassPlayer, November 24, 2006 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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When I first read about this the other day, I involuntarily said out loud, “God damn you, George Bush.”

Can a anyone be so inhuman, so stupid, so morally bankrupt, as George W. Bush?  Does he have any idea in that dimly-lit brain of his all the pain and suffering and misery and cruelty he has caused for NOTHING?!  Does he have any second thoughts at all about the truckloads of American taxpayer money literally thrown away for a cause that was doomed from the start?

The answer, of course, is no.  And that’s why all I can do is curse him and hope that some day he feels some twinge of regret.

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