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Bomb Rips Baghdad Market Ahead of U.S. Pullback

Posted on Jun 25, 2009
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Children walk through the site of a deadly bombing in Sadr City, the main Shiite district in Baghdad.

At least 76 people were killed and more than 150 wounded in Baghdad by a bomb detonated in a busy marketplace Wednesday night. The bombing, just six days before U.S. security forces are set to pull back from Iraq’s cities and towns, was the third such incident to inflict double-digit civilian casualties in the last two weeks.

The New York Times:

A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, killing at least 76 people and injuring 156 in a market as it was filled with shoppers, hospital officials said Thursday.

The bombing Wednesday evening was at least the third in two weeks to cause double-digit casualties in Shiite communities. On Saturday, a truck bomb in Taza, a Shiite Turkmen area in northern Iraq, killed at least 68 people. On June 10, a car bomb exploded outside Nasiriya, the capital of a predominantly Shiite province in southern Iraq where bombs are rare, killing at least 28 people and inciting a near riot among survivors who threw stones at the police, blaming them for lax security.

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By boggs, June 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Wonder what part the CIA played in that scene?
As always the timing is just too perfect.

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By Folktruther, June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

They had another headline, Paul, that more focefully implied or stated that the US was leaving the Iraqi cities.  I don’t remember precisely what it was.  This is perfectly legitimate and demonstrates a willingness to capture more of the reality-based truth.

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By idarad, June 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

Continued diversion, focus on iraq, ignore Afghanistan and Pakistan
If you haven’t read

Now We See You, Now We Don’t By KATHY KELLY at
you should, a glimpse of the other part of the drone carnage and affects.

Obushma is pulling a Nixon Cambodia and the media are all torn up about some hypocrite in south carolina -

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By Russian Paul, June 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig did not change the headline? It still states we are pulling out.

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By Naz, June 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Are there any Americans left who actually believe such bullshit? “US Security Forces” is a joke. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld failed to stop an attack on the US on 9/11/01 and these fools had a combined sixty or more years in US government. Security is the tool and method used to frighten and oppress people. The US has a nuclear arsenal that could end all life on this planet and somehow Americans need security? It’s a joke.

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By Folktruther, June 25, 2009 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

Oh, good, truthdig changed the headline.  It formerly implied that the US was leaving Iraq.

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By Folktruther, June 25, 2009 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

The truthdig piece is more bullshit. US is not going to bull out of Iraq.  According to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) this US is supposed to pull out of the cities by June 30th.  An article by Leaver and Atzmon on CommonDreams detail that this isn’t going to happen.  It’s just more Obama Let’s Pretend, and the US media is playing along, as usual.

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By tropicgirl, June 25, 2009 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

I would refer this article to the “Symbols” article. And it shows how CIA goons and their clandestine activities can backfire. This article suggests the violence may be ushering out US forces, while, I believe the intention of the violent events by the CIA and DOD goons is designed to keep us there.

So far as I know no one is buying it. We want out and are not CARING OR WATCHING the violence anymore. We are used to it. Its the CIA way. But the Iraqi people will hate us forever, with good reason. Nice job, goons.

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