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4 GIs Killed During Iraq Cities Pullout

From a gladdened Associated Press:

Iraqi security forces patrol in central Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

4 US soldiers killed during Iraq cities pullout

By Patrick Quinn, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat shortly before the American military completed a withdrawal from Iraq’s cities, and the prime minister assured Iraqis that government forces taking control of urban areas on Tuesday were more than capable of protecting the country.

Nouri al-Maliki said in a televised address that "those who think that Iraqis are not able to protect their country and that the withdrawal of foreign forces will create a security vacuum are committing a big mistake."

The streets of Baghdad were relatively quiet, as the Iraqi government named June 30 National Sovereignty Day and declared it a public holiday.

In the walled-off Green Zone in central Baghdad, al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders appeared at a military parade to mark the day

In the attack Monday against U.S. forces, the military said the four soldiers who were killed served with the Multi-National Division-Baghdad but did not provide further details pending notification of their families. It said they died as a "result of combat related injuries."

It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces since May 21, when three soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded in a roadside bombing in southern Baghdad.

The top U.S. commander in Iraq said the latest deaths show militants remain a threat but said he was confident Iraqi security forces could face the challenge.

"It reminds me that there are still dangers out there. There are still people out there who do not want the government of Iraq to succeed. They do not want to see a democratic country move forward," Gen. Ray Odierno said Tuesday at a news conference.

He said many of the attacks in Baghdad were being carried out by militants being funded or trained by Iran, including powerful roadside bombs and rocket strikes against the Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy.

But, he said, the number of such attacks was "significantly smaller" due to security measures making them more difficult to carry out.

"Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They have not stopped and I don’t think they will stop," Odierno told reporters at Camp Victory, a U.S. military base on the western edge of Baghdad…

Isn’t Iran run by a regime that Mr. Obama says has ‘legitimate aspirations’? A regime we no longer seek to change?

Iraq will never know peace as long as Iran’s mullahs want its territory.

  Update!

The latest from an unfazed Associated Press:

Car bomb kills at least 24 people in Iraqi city

By Patrick Quinn, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 24 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities.

The bombing marred what had otherwise been a festive day as Iraqis marked what the government decreed National Sovereignty Day…

The car bomb exploded as the vegetable and poultry market was crowded with people shopping for their evening meal, police Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir said.

Police and hospital officials gave the death toll and said about 40 people were wounded.

It was the latest in a series of bombings and shootings that have killed more than 250 people since June 20, including a truck bombing near Kirkuk that killed 82 people…

The Iraqis must be feeling safer already.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “4 GIs Killed During Iraq Cities Pullout”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Consider the US soldiers to have been shot in the back.

    Condolences to their families and friends.

    On the verge of tears…

  2. Confucius says:

    6 months before these barbarians are back to hunting in packs and burying their food.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    What I am hearing from a couple of boots on the ground – is that they will be less safe in this transition ‘stage’ than just about any time since the surge went into overdrive.

    I still have active duty family members – including a cousin’s s-i-l who is over there as we speak (as was suppose to be my s-i-l – who is working on adding an ex- onto that instead) – and I would have wished a Military driven withdrawal from Iraq rather than a politically expedient bow to the foaming at the mouth leftist fringe withdrawal.

    And I do wonder what The One ™ is going to do – when Iran invades Iraq? And oh won’t that be a absolute destabilization of the region?

    It is a shame – America was so on the way to securing victory and leave it to the Dems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory – the next step will be to defund the entire GWOT and watch Iraq not become a third world gutter like Vietnam – but rather a terrorist haven and just another county of Iran.

  4. proreason says:

    “And I do wonder what The One ™ is going to do – when Iran invades Iraq?”

    Slow pitch.

    He won’t “meddle”.

  5. canary says:

    Rueters headlines said it was 4 Iraqi soldiers killed during the pull-out. Who the heck runs Rueters.

  6. canary says:

    SO Bama just kept on letting the terrorists know a good time to attack the U.S. was the end of June, because he was sticking to his promise. SO bama is a soldier and a baby murderer.

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    .. and to listen to o-blah-blah pontificate about this is a travesty. He was the blowhard who was against all that was Iraq’s journey to today.

  8. canary says:

    And where is Jimmy Carter and the pink freaks. How come they aren’t reporting from Iran or Iraq.
    Jimmy Carter has preached from an early age (daddy was a preacher, and Jimmy Carter taught in Sunday classes) that Jews were going to hell, and had the same dislike for Israel when he was President. .

    Jimmy Carters interview where he says we can trust the HAMAS, has been conveniently removed.

    On his site he wants volunteers to work his 35 acre garden. I guess he’s a narcissist too. I’ll bet Obama set’s something up for his garden to be part of volunteer work towards college.


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