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Muslims Kill 50 Plus Iraqi Security Forces

From an unfazed Associated Press:

50 dead in attacks targeting Iraqi security forces

By Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press Writer
August 25, 2010

BAGHDAD – Bombers and gunmen launched an apparently coordinated string of attacks against Iraqi government forces on Wednesday, killing at least 50 people a day after the number of U.S. troops fell below 50,000 for the first time since the start of the war.

Insurgents have been stepping up their attacks on Iraq’s security forces in recent months as the U.S. has trimmed its military presence in the country. More than half of those killed Wednesday — 27 — were Iraqi soldiers and policemen.

Luckily, the 50,000 troops remaining have been designated to be ‘non-combat soldiers,’ so they have nothing to fear.

There were no claims of responsibility for the spate of attacks. But their scale and reach, from one end of the country to the other, underscored insurgent efforts to prove their might against security forces and political leaders who are charged with the day-to-day running and stability of Iraq.

It also underscores that we have no reason to think that pulling out of Iraq will cause everything that has been accomplished so far to go down the drain.

The deadliest attack came in Kut, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew up a car inside a security barrier between a police station and the provincial government’s headquarters. Police and hospital officials said 19 people were killed, all but one of them policemen. An estimated 90 people were wounded…

A similar attack struck a north Baghdad neighborhood, where a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in a parking lot behind a police station.

Fifteen people were killed in that attack, including six policemen. Police and hospital officials said another 58 were wounded in the explosion that left a crater three yards (meters) wide and trapped people beneath the rubble of felled houses nearby.

Five others, including an Iraqi soldier and a police officer, were killed in small bursts of violence in Baghdad…

Since Iraq’s March 7 elections failed to produce a clear winner, U.S. officials have feared that competing political factions could stir up widespread violence. Iraqi leaders so far have tried to end the political impasse peacefully

Sure, this is all about the elections not being settled. The Sunni and Shiites got on famously until we tried to force elections on them.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the stalled government, combined with the American troop withdrawal, created ideal conditions for insurgents to attack. Even so, he said the security situation was "under control." …

Mr. Zebari seems to be auditioning to replace Robert Gibbs.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Muslims Kill 50 Plus Iraqi Security Forces”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Americans still associate Islam with violence
    By Daniel Trotta – Fri Aug 20, 2010

    BIzarre the way we Americans can come to such conclusions out of such infrequent and minor facts.


  2. jackal40 says:

    Anyone who has even briefly studied Islam will tell you, when they aren’t killing Infidels, they practice on each other.

    Here’s to hoping that they keep practicing, and practicing, and practicing!

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