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Attacks Kill 80 Iraqis, 6 Americans

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Posted on Dec 30, 2006

The scary thing about this death tally: It’s not even unusually high. December was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.


At least 80 Iraqis died in bombings and other attacks Saturday as they prepared to celebrate Islam’s biggest holiday, their first without Saddam Hussein.

The bombings came hours after Saddam was hanged in Baghdad for ordering the killings of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail in 1982. Despite concerns about a spike in unrest, Saturday’s violence was not unusually high for Iraq, nor did it appear to be in retaliation for the execution.

The military reported the deaths of six more American troops, making December the deadliest month this year for U.S. forces in Iraq. At least 2,998 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.


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By DennisD, December 31, 2006 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Joesph Stalin - “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic”. How quickly the Iraq death tally is becoming nothing more than an acceptable statistic when it isn’t personal. It’s just another deductible business expense for Bu$h Inc.

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By tom in Poolesville, December 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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It breaks my heart too, that so many Iraqi brothers and sisters have died in Bush’s war, and now 3000 American servivemen and women. What’s odd that the USA—a democracy—has all its power in the hands of one man: Bush. Against the advice of military experts, and the expressed will of the American people—as shown in the last election—this man can still commit more Americans to certain death in this continuing debacle. It’s hard to believe this is a functioning democracy.He will continue his murderous ways for two more years to ensure what he thinks of as his “legacy”—then leave even more chaos to whomever succeeeds him.

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By Hank Van den Berg, December 31, 2006 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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There you go focusing on all the negatives again.  So many good thing happened today!  Saddam was executed before he could write his memoirs and implicate the U.S. in his past actions.  The electricity was probably on in Baghdad for several hours today.  And, the great majority of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis didn’t get shot!  The increased death tolls are actually a sign of growth.  Clearly, our policies are very successful.
Sorry about the sarcasm.  Sometimes I just don’t know anymore how to deal with the horrendous death and destruction we have brought to Iraq.

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By Quy Tran, December 30, 2006 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment
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We sincerely request the impeachment of Bush and his Co. due to their lies to American people by driving us into Iraq invasion with 3,000 U.S. troops and over 600,000 Iraqis to trade for Saddam Hussein.

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, December 30, 2006 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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It breaks my heart to know that more than 600,000 Iraqi civilians died, and it especially saddens me that 3,000 American troops died in vein—-end this war now.

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