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Scores Die in Baghdad Attacks

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Posted on Jan 22, 2007
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Although 3,200 additional troops have been deployed in Baghdad in an effort to assert control, violence continues to worsen. A double car bombing on Monday killed 88 people and injured 160. This does not bode well for a full-blown surge.


BBC:

The first big attack on Monday came in the Haraj market, which sells second-hand clothing and DVDs, shortly after midday (0900 GMT). Columns of thick smoke immediately covered the area.

One unconfirmed account of the attacks said that a bomb in a parked car was followed seconds later by a suicide bomber ploughing his car into the terrified crowd.

At least 12 vehicles were set ablaze, said a photographer for the AFP news agency at the scene.

He said there were so many victims that the wounded were piled up alongside the dead on wooden market carts.

Bodies could be seen covered in blue sheeting outside a Baghdad mortuary, while doctors at al-Kindi Hospital worked frantically to save the lives of the badly injured.

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By Steve Hammons, January 23, 2007 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Many have commented about the terrible mistakes the Bush administration has made. But were they really “mistakes?”

What if the occupation of Iraq was planned to create disorder, thereby requiring that US forces stay for an extended period of time. After all, that was the underlying reason for the invasion, wasn’t it?

More on these questions in this article:

‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in 9/11, Iraq invasion and occupation, War on Terror?

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
July 11, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11401

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By Lee Driver, January 23, 2007 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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Finally we’ve got who’s fighting who into manageable sound bites for our dunder-headed public:  surgeants against insurgeants.

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By DennisD, January 22, 2007 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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Looks like word hasn’t gotten out yet that George is about to surge or no one in Iraq cares.

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By trantieungoc, January 22, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Huge gifts to Bush/Cheney and their new butcher Robert Gates !

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