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Civil War Escalates With Shootings and Immolation

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Posted on Nov 25, 2006
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Celebration surrounds a torched Humvee.

Following the Thanksgiving massacre that left hundreds dead, violence has escalated in Iraq, including an attack on six Sunnis who were burned alive near a group of Iraqi soldiers.  The soldiers did not intervene.  Elsewhere, 21 Shiite men were executed in front of their relatives after they had been dragged from their homes.  All told, at least 87 people died on Friday.


AP via Yahoo!:

Baghdad remained under a 24-hour curfew Saturday as coalition forces tried to prevent a surge of revenge attacks for the five bombings and two mortar rounds that killed 215 people in the Shiite slum of Sadr City on Thursday.

Such violence was particularly gruesome on Friday, when suspected Shiite militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left prayer services at mosques and burned them alive with kerosene in an attack in the mostly Shia neighborhood of Hurriyah.

Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post failed to intervene in the assault by suspected members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia or subsequent attacks that killed at least 19 other Sunnis, including women and children, in the same neighborhood, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein.

In recent months, most of the thousands of dead bodies that have been found dumped across Baghdad and other cities in central Iraq have been of victims who were tortured and then shot to death, according to police.

The suspected militia killers often have used electric drills on their captives’ bodies before killing them. The bodies are frequently decapitated. But burning victims alive introduced a new method of brutality that was likely to be reciprocated by the other sect as the Shiites and Sunnis continue killing one another in unprecedented numbers.

Friday’s gruesome attack capped a day during which at least 87 people were killed or found dead in sectarian violence across Iraq. In Hurriyah, the rampaging militiamen also burned and blew up four mosques and torched several homes in the district, Hussein said.

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By Manny, November 27, 2006 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Frank, Bush went into Iraq because of Saddam ?
The history of Iraq is their business and not ours . When Bush invaded Iraq then Bush and his Neo-Cons lit the spark that invited all forms of killing.

Who gave the United States permission to police the world ? I didn’t think much of Saddam but if the people of Iraq wanted a change of goverment
then it was up to them. Frank, do you honestly think that a civil war was not just around the corner in Iraq when the United States invaded it ?

Frank, lets not forget that it was a Christian nation that invaded Iraq. Lets add Cuba, Panama,
Phillippines, and so many others. Frank, what kind of virus would our brand of diplomatic Christianity be ?

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By ChicagoGuy, November 26, 2006 at 7:10 am Link to this comment
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The Iraqi’s had a chance to reunite and instead chose to fight amongst each other. There is absolutely nothing the US Military can do to stop this carnage. So why are we still there? This rampage of murder by both the shiites and sunnis will continue with or without US military presence. Bring our troops back home and let these barbarians do what they will. Bush opened Pandora’s Box and no one can close it. Thank you Bush…heckava job there Georgie!!!

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By Quy Tran, November 25, 2006 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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Iraqis must say thanks to King George.

Because of his invasion plans the whole Iraq will be covered with blood and tears.

We, the American people, can look up or look down due to these criminal acts of our King and his subordinates ?

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By Frank, November 25, 2006 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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Manny said “To forget the history of this region is to ignore reality”.

If you think these killings are the creation of Bush and the American occupation, you need to heed your own opening statement. 

The bloody sunni vs. shiite history is far older than any American involvement in Iraq.  It was only Saddam’s brutal oppression of anyone who opposed the Baathist way that kept this from going on during his regime.

Iraqis, when left to their own devices, will turn on each other according to which brand of Islam they belong to.  Islam is the psychological virus that causes this.

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By Manny, November 25, 2006 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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To forget the history of this region is to ignore reality. These war crimes in Iraq are the creation of Mr. Bush and his Neo-Cons. They opened the door and they should be held responsible for all the killings. Yes, America is at home enjoying Xmas while women and children in Iraq are being gifted with death.

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By Tellurian, November 25, 2006 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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It appears that the US is actually encoraging civil war in Iraq under the customary divide and conquer strategy.  By sending Sunni military of the ‘government’ into fighting in Shiites areas, and Shiites into Sunni areas, the US appears to intentional increase the anger of each population.

This would also be the effect of the Saddam trail, on which the US has spent 150 million dollars.  Hanging Saddam would encourage apprval from Shiites and anger from Sunnis.

This strategy is blacked out by the US media, including the progressive media, to avoid angering the billion and a half Muslims in the world and other decent people, since it is producing an enormous number of casulties.

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By R. A. Earl, November 25, 2006 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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Humans are such nice animals!

“...Shiite militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left prayer services at mosques and burned them alive with kerosene…”

In addition to being, by far, the most unreliable, untrustworthy, destructive, murderous organisms on the planet, perhaps in the universe, most humans insist on believing, without a shred of supporting evidence, that a God exists and that praying to him/her/it is in some unfathomable way, helpful.

In other words, humans, for the most part, are INSANE and should be avoided at all costs. I’m so ashamed to have to be counted among them.

Just to stay on topic… how about all those of you still in Iraq who DO NOT believe that violence will provide the resolution to your difficulties, assemble at the airport and fly to safety in some less insane land, if one can be found.

ALL THE REST… GO FOR IT… JUST KEEP UP THE MURDEROUS STUPIDITY UNTIL NONE OF YOU EXISTS. PERHAPS YOU CAN, IN THE PROCESS, ERADICATE THE ‘IDIOT’ GENE THAT INFESTS YOUR ENTIRE BEINGS.

But how about doing it SILENTLY? I’m sick of hearing about it.

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By cadence, November 25, 2006 at 7:26 am Link to this comment
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Besides US troops, are there other people who want to leave Iraq?  What efforts are there to evacuate Iraqis who are not involved in the nightmare and who want to get to some safe place?  Who is saving the children?

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