Wednesday, May 10, 2006

1,091 killed in Baghdad during just one month

At least 1,091 people were killed in Baghdad alone last month in ongoing sectarian violence, President Jalal Talabani said in a statement.

"We received a report from the morgue about the deaths in Baghdad that 1,091 people were killed between April 1 and 30," Mr Talabani was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.

He said "we are shocked and angry at the daily reports of unidentified bodies being discovered and of people killed on the basis of their identity".

Iraq has been engulfed in a tit-for-tat sectarian violence since the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine in the northern town of Samarra on February 22. Thousands of bodies have been discovered across Iraq, mostly of Sunni Arabs, killed in Shiite reprisals after the Samarra bombing.

The President's statement came as gunmen killed 12 people on Wednesday across Iraq, including 11 in an ambush near the restive city of Baquba amid a crucial parliamentary session expected to reveal a new cabinet.

At least 11 people were killed as gunmen ambushed a minibus travelling near Baquba, just north of Baghdad, a local police officer said. He said the gunmen ambushed the bus carrying employees of the local electricity company 10 kilometres north of Baquba and "sprayed it with bullets, killing 11 people wounding four others".

"After the attack the police came to investigate, and at that time the bus exploded, wounding a policeman." The attack came shortly after Tuesday night's deadly suicide truck bombing in the northern town of Tal Afar which left 24 people dead.

The US military said 134 others were wounded in the attack when the bomber exploded a truck carrying flour in the marketplace in Tal Afar, a town hailed by the Bush administration a few months as an example of successful attempts to pacify the restive north.

But we still don't call this a civil war ?


Blogger Hype said...

it is a civil war in my book.. we were talking about this last year. the civil war wasn't hot yet but it was an undeclared civil war. the Guerrilla War has undeniably turned into a real civil war.


May 11, 2006 2:49 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Yup , to call what's happening in Iraq anything other than a civil war (or a low level civil war if someone wants to be picky) would be foolish

We broke it . we caused it , as I know you would agree hype

May 11, 2006 4:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I blame George Bush for the situation and all the deaths.

May 11, 2006 6:44 pm  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Oh no. 1,091 is just shy of the "declare you're in a state of civil war" type reaction! 200 more and then we're talking.... How preposterously sad!

May 11, 2006 7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

H=Hound dog

May 11, 2006 8:20 pm  
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May 12, 2006 11:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you want to call this a civil war? Will that make you feel better?

Surely it should be up to the Iraqis?

May 12, 2006 4:29 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

why don't you go ask them jonz?

go find out.


May 12, 2006 5:09 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

the iraqis already say it is a civil war Jonz. seems you missed that one Here

As hype says maybe you should ask them rather than thinking for them ?

May 12, 2006 5:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should ask them, was it right to remove Saddam?

74% of Iraqis agree according to the BBC
77% agree according to another suvery out recently.

May 14, 2006 2:33 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

Nice twist Jonz , all Shia would agree about removing Saddam for he was a Sunni. Now considering the Shia hated Saddam you would think if you asked them the real question

Do you aprove of the coalition of non Muslim nations invading your country to remove Saddam was a correct. then somewhere near 80% say no.

Guess what. they hate us being their as much as they hated Saddam. In fact they hate the British being there so much that 90% of the time they refuse to even talk to us or work with us.

And that is the british. they hate the US being there even more.

We are not liberators Jonz

May 14, 2006 2:40 am  

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