The Lady Speaks

30 days in Baghdad

In case you wondered, over the past 30 days, nearly 1100 bodies were found in Baghdad – victims of executions. That's just the bodies found in Baghdad; no telling what the count is of those executed throughout the country might be.

 

From the Associated Press

President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday that nearly 1,100 bodies were found in Baghdad last month, the victims of executions, and urged Iraq’s feuding factions to unite against surging crime and terrorism.

Talabani said in a statement that the 1,091 bodies found in the Baghdad area in April were the tip of the iceberg.

 

[snip]

“If we add this to the number of corpses that are not discovered, or to similar crimes in other provinces, then the total number … reflects that we are confronting a situation no less dangerous than the results of terrorist acts” such as car bombings and other attacks.

Scores of unidentified bodies turn up around the capital on a daily basis, many bound, tortured and shot execution style in what officials say is an unwavering tide of reprisal sectarian killings.

At least 3,525 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence this year. These numbers include civilians, government officials, and police and security officials, and are considered only a minimum based on Associated Press reporting.

 

[snip]

Meanwhile, attacks continued around Iraq on Wednesday.

Near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Iraqi civilians to work, then planted a bomb aboard the vehicle that exploded when rescue workers arrived. In all, 11 Iraqis were killed and six wounded.

Thirteen Iraqis were killed in other attacks, including four off-duty policemen in Ramadi, officials said.

Casualties from a suicide truck bombing in the northern city of Tal Afar on Tuesday night rose to 22 dead and 134 wounded. The U.S. military flew some of the wounded to other cities when the local hospital was overwhelmed.

 

What was that Preznit Halfwit? I didn't hear you either, Condi? Oh, you say things are just fine in Iraq? There is no civil war? Bumps on the road to democracy? Insurgents in their last throes again, Dick? 

Well that's a relief. I'd hate to think what the death toll might be if things weren't going well. 

Photo credits:

#1 – Samir Mizban, AP File
#2 – Khalid Mohammed, AP
#3 – Sabah Arar, AFP/Getty Images
#4 – Ali Al-Saadi, AFP/Getty Images

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May 10, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Cheney, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Politics, Rumsfeld, War, White House

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