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Deadliest Month For Iraqis In Two Years

From a crocodile tear shedding Associated Press:

July deadliest month for Iraqis since 2008

By Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press Writer
August 1, 2010

BAGHDAD – July was Iraq’s deadliest month in more than two years, according to new official figures, suggesting that a resilient insurgency is successfully taking advantage of the months of deadlock in forming a new government.

The figures released late Saturday show that 535 people were killed last month, the highest since May 2008 when 563 died, heightening concerns over Iraq’s precarious security situation even as the U.S. troops are reducing their numbers

The increase in violence has been linked to insurgent attempts to destabilize the country as it struggles to sort out the inconclusive results of national elections nearly five months ago

Right. And before that, the excuse was the upcoming Iraqi elections. And before that, the excuse was that the American troops were beginning to be withdrawn. And before that…

The monthly toll released by Iraqi authorities also showed 1,043 people were wounded last month. Of those killed, the ministries identified 396 as civilians, 89 as policemen and 50 as soldiers.

Bombings and mortar attacks targeting Shiites on two religious pilgrimages last month, a bombing against anti-al-Qaida Sunni militiamen south of Baghdad and another that hit a Shiite mosque north of the capital killed at least 160 people and boosted the July death toll significantly

All of which is to be expected when you have a government in limbo.

Bombings, assassinations and gunfights remain daily occurrences in Iraq, particularly in the capital, although the overall level of violence has dramatically declined since 2008…

And yet more people are being killed.

However, concerted attacks on Shiite civilians blamed on al-Qaida militants are thought to be designed to re-ignite the sectarian strife that pushed the country to the brink of all-out civil war in 2006 and 2007…

The high casualty figures point to the resilience of the insurgency seven years after it began in 2003, despite the death and capture of thousands of its fighters by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

With U.S. forces out of Iraqi cities since June last year, the insurgents seem to be focusing their attacks on Iraqi security forces and Shiite civilians

It sure sounds like we left without completing the job.

Just like another war in our recent history.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Deadliest Month For Iraqis In Two Years”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    No, WAIT! Not Iraq!!! Afghanistan….!

    sayitwithmenow! A-F-G-H-A-N-I-S-T-A-N!

    Yes, that’s it people!

    Here, have some more koolaide.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    It becomes less and less evident that the (fair) criticism of Bush’s wishy washiness vis a vis these wars in his second term holds any sway over what is going on now. It would seem that we can place the blame squarely on the current CIC. In a professional sense, I remain apolitical concerning the goings on in this country, as that is the domain of the private citizens. However, I feel that it must be acknowledged that we have strategic goals in both theaters of action that need to be met, or we will certainly turn the cries of how hopeless these wars are into a self fulfilling prophecy.

    In my line of work, despite whatever orders and specific planning is done, the key to all actions and decisions is what is known as the commander’s intent. This is a simple, straightforward mission statement that, when borne in mind during action, allows those involved in the exectution of orders to adapt as necessary to changing conditions while still achieving the overall goal. When we entered these wars (or simply acknowledged that they were going on and finally repsonded), our goal was to seek and destroy all those who threatened our country and our foriegn interests wherever they may be, which just so happens to be the standing order for the military anyway. We must do this to completion, wherever me must go. Anyone who wishes to half-ass this is planning for failure by compromising the very mission statement by which we all operate. This is dangerous and foolish.

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