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“Freedom Fighters” Kill 35 Iraqi Police Recruits

From the joyous reporters at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Blasts kill 35 at Iraq police recruit HQ

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A pair of suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would-be police recruits in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rebuked lawmakers for putting party and sectarian loyalty ahead of Iraq’s stability, and said he was planning a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle.

The spiraling sectarian violence has put al-Maliki under intense pressure. Responding to questions from lawmakers during a more-than one-hour closed session, he ordered them to stop criticizing his government and declare their loyalty to a unified Iraq — not their religious sects or political parties, two members of parliament told The Associated Press.

Al-Maliki’s office said he used the meeting to outline plans to bring stability to the country and "called for a comprehensive Cabinet shake up suitable with the current period." …

In Sunday’s bombing, two men detonated explosives strapped to their bodies simultaneously at exactly 10:00 a.m., police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq said. The attack outside the police recruiting station off western Baghdad’s Nissur Square was one of several Sunday in the capital…

In addition to the suicide bombing at the recruiting station, at least 11 people were killed in scattered bombings in the capital — in both Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods.

And five bodies — all blindfolded and bound at the wrists and ankles — were recovered in various parts of eastern Baghdad early Sunday, police said. All had been mutilated by torture, marking them as victims of death squads that regularly kidnap rivals from Iraq’s Muslim Sunni and Shiite sects. Three more bodies were pulled from the Tigris River in Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, morgue official Maamoun al-Ajili said.

Five people were killed in drive-by shootings in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad

In central Baghdad’s Karradah neighborhood, police Brig. Abdul-Mutalib Hassan was shot to death as he left home. Hassan was head of a unit in charge of registering vehicles that is widely seen as corrupt.

Patrols were looking for the Sunni gunmen who ambushed a convoy of minibuses at a fake checkpoint along the dangerous highway near Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad in the so-called Triangle of Death. The gunmen murdered 10 Shiite passengers before taking about 50 captives…

72 doe-eyed virgins and little boys "like pearls" are not enough. We must reward these heroic freedom fighters by withdrawing immediately and giving them total victory.

The media people have spoken.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 12th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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