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Ear to the Ground

Sectarian Violence Rains Death on Iraq as Maliki Praises Crackdown

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Posted on Feb 24, 2007

Grim reports from Iraq continue despite the PR campaign to understate the deadliness of the mix of American military presence, civil war and improvised explosives ravaging the country. Today at least 42 people died in a car bombing in a town 50 miles west of Baghdad. Earlier today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki issued a statement touting a recent crackdown, citing a reduction in violence in Baghdad, but on Saturday in the capital alone at least seven people were killed and more than 30 injured, according to the BBC.

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A truck bomb exploded as worshippers left the mosque in Habbaniyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, police said.

As well as those killed, more than 60 people were hurt, initial reports said.

Earlier, Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki said sectarian killings and kidnappings had fallen in the wake of a new Baghdad security plan, launched 10 days ago.
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By michele, February 25, 2007 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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the biggest fact is -

Bush has made more terrorists than existed pre 911 by his moronic beliefs/actions

and has made a region that was on shaky ground even more dangerous.

what a failure.

the sorriest of the lot is cheney who agreed in the 90’s that Iraq could only logically end up a quagmire and Rice and Powell who pre 911 in text and video both stated Saddam was no threat , sanctions had him contained and he had no wmd’s.

what a pathetic administration. so will history record.

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By Dale Headley, February 25, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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The current unabated violence is now almost all Sunni, since the Shiite militants have pretty much left town.  Unfortunately for George Bush’s highly touted “new strategy” of staking out semi-permanent mini-bases in the Mahdi strongholds, American forces are finding themselves having to respond to the far more diffuse Sunni violence on the outskits of Baghdad and elsewhere.  The irony is that now Bush will have to revert to the old strategy, albeit with more troops.
  Meanwhile, Iran and Muqtada al Sadr are comfortably watching from afar, waiting to claim control of the Iraqi government once the Americans and Sunnis exhaust each other into insignificance.

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By C Quil, February 25, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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Juan Cole reports that the Air Force is raining bombs on Baghdad. The city is already occupied with ground forces, so air strikes are bound to have civilian casualties and the manoeuver is therefore a war crime.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, February 25, 2007 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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RE: Comment #55192 by Bert  on  2/24  at  2:13 pm — “Why o why, do they keep letting these people have cars? If the object is to ‘win’ then park all the cars…”

>>>> Withholding

civilian vehicles and local garb from the US, UK and Israeli black-ops teams is the real solution to shutting down most of the terrorism. And, to be perfectly clear, the object is a totally failed state, run by a despot who absolutely toes the line. Everything we’ve seen vis-à-vis establishing “democracy” is pure theatre. Everything we see is staged and executed by the NWO, New World Oligarchy, whose operatives — the Straussian, strangelove neocons, driven by Nietzschien craving for endless war — need, one and all, to be jailed, charged with treason, shown the noose and urged to give up their coconspirators.

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By james dilligaf, February 25, 2007 at 6:08 am Link to this comment
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Ya know if this was done right, there would be a large hole where Afganistan is; show the might of the US, as was done in WW2 & these little gnat like terrorists would know we me business.
Turning the other cheek or ‘chatting’ does not work with people who want to kill you. They have no honor or pride; at least the Nazis wore uniforms, these animals are worse.
  Take the cuffs of our military, support our leaders & troops. If you are for or against war, remember they are fighting for you.
We do not want to relive Vietnam—it was unsuccessful due to PC foolishness.
POW/MIA’s you are not forgotten.

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By alistair, February 24, 2007 at 11:46 pm Link to this comment
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you know how this ‘sectarian violence’ started, don’t you???

http://www.newstatesman.com/200510030009
(John Pilger on the Basra incident September 2005)

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By Bert, February 24, 2007 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment
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Why o why, do they keep letting these people have cars? If the object is to ‘win’ then park all the cars…

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By Quy Tran, February 24, 2007 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Maliki cannot be a good PM but an excellent servant for Bush/Cheney plots.

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