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American Troops Kill Six Iraqi Police Officers

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Posted on Jul 13, 2007
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Mourners on Friday carry the coffin of one of 19 people reported killed in a clash between U.S. troops and militants in eastern Baghdad the day before.

In a startling rejoinder to President Bush’s rosy report of progress in Iraq, and the possibility of “success” in this war, whatever that means, six policemen were killed in a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi police—reflecting growing concerns about the infiltration of militants into Iraq’s police force.


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In addition to the six police officers, seven gunmen were also killed in Friday’s clash in eastern Baghdad, sparked when U.S. troops arrested a police lieutenant, the American military said in a statement. It said the lieutenant was believed to be helping Iran organize Shiite militants and leading a cell involved in bomb and mortar attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops.

The U.S. military has accused Iran of arming Shiite extremists drawn from the ranks of militias and organizing them into a network to carry out attacks on the troops. Friday’s statement, however, was the first time the military has spoken of the Iranian efforts extending into the Iraqi police. It was unclear whether the lieutenant was a militiaman who joined the police or a policeman who later joined the militia.

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By Skruff, July 16, 2007 at 9:53 am Link to this comment
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I think we should bring the troops home so they can shoot our police!

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By Enemy of State, July 14, 2007 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

The reality is our soldiers are trained not to shoot things that move. Effective body armour makes that a lot easier to do.
The hard truth, is that many of the IP and IA (Iraqi Polic/Army) are working at cross purposes to ourselves. Usually they do this when off duty, and the US minders aren’t present. In this case we tried to arrest an alleged Iranian agent, and the IP started the shooting.

  Of course with the apparent plan for the next Friedman unit being to train up lots more IA and IP, this incident shows how unlikely that strategy is to accomplish anything we’d be happy with.

  Of course the administration portrays nearly everyone who takes up arms against us as belonging to either one (or both) of the bogeymen AlQaeda, or Iran. Too many of their past claims of Iranian involvement have not held up to scrutiny to take them at their word.

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By Trigger finger, July 14, 2007 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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The Bush/Cheney wild wild west mindset. If it moves, shoot to main it! If it doesn’t move, shoot to maim it! If it’s been maimed, lock it up and let it suffer. If it complains, shoot and kill it! If the world complains , claim executive privilege.

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By Enemy of State, July 13, 2007 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

I was shaking my head when I read this (elsewhere -so this article didn’t surprse me). But well we have a Decider with a particular character trait. That is that the most important character trait is to never back down, never admit you might be wrong. To this sort of person changing one’s mind is the worst sin possible. Of course the voters should have asked, what happens if you elect such a person to be Decider-In_Chief? We are experiencing the great benefits of living in a learning-free zone. Unfortunately a lot of people still think this is an admirable character trait.

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By vet240, July 13, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

For a country so embrioled in other countries politics Our government is sure whining and accusing the Iranis of a lot of interference in Iraq.

It sounds as though both bu$h and paticaketreas are looking for a scapegoat to blame for our failures to quell a huge insurgency.

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By QuyTran, July 13, 2007 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

One another big victory of this damn administration.
Killing innocent people, killing policemen…then who’s next ? Only Bush/Cheney/Rice are able to answer but beasts do not know how to speak human voice.

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