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Muslims Kill At Least 48 Muslims In Iraq

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Suicide attacks kill at least 48 in Iraq

By BUSHRA JUHI (AP)

July 18, 2010

BAGHDAD — Twin suicide bombings killed 48 people on Sunday, including dozens from a government-backed, anti-al-Qaida militia lining up to collect their paychecks near a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The bombings were the deadliest of a series of attacks across Iraq Sunday that were aimed at the Sons of Iraq, Sunni groups also known as Awakening Councils that work with government forces to fight al-Qaida in Iraq.

The attacks highlighted the stiff challenges the country faces as the U.S. scales back its forces in Iraq, leaving their Iraqi counterparts in charge of security.

The first attack Sunday morning — the worst against Iraq’s security forces in months — killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 40. It occurred at a checkpoint near a military base where the Awakening Council members had lined up to collect their paychecks in the mostly Sunni district of Radwaniya southwest of Baghdad

A military official at the base said the explosion was the work of one suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest…

Some of the injured complained about what the lack of protection from the Iraqi military for the men lined up to receive their paychecks. Khamis said the men used to be searched but this time they were allowed to line up without any checks being conducted.

Another man who was waiting at the hospital with his wounded nephew said this was the fifth day they had gone to the base to try and collect their paychecks

In the second attack, a suspected militant stormed a local Awakening Council headquarters in the far western town Qaim, near the Syrian border, and opened fire on those inside.

The fighters returned fire, wounding the attacker, who then blew himself up as they gathered around him, killing three and wounding six others..

The U.S. used to pay the monthly salaries of about $300 to the nearly 100,000-strong [Awakening Council] militias. Last year, the Iraqi government took over paying their salaries and, after heavy pressure from the Americans, agreed to absorb up to 20 percent of the fighters into its security forces, with others getting government jobs.

Some members of the Awakening Councils, however, have complained about late paychecks, and many say they have been given menial jobs. Khamis, one of the wounded, said they were to receive two months’ worth of salary.

A member of the provincial council in Anbar province where the Sons of Iraq were first organized said the lack of good government jobs has made the anti-al-Qaida militia members less eager to fight the insurgents.

"These heroes are no longer willing to fight al-Qaida because they have not received what they deserved," he said

Apparently, the fact that Al Qaeda wants to kill all of them is not motivation enough. These “heroes” need a $300 month paycheck and a guaranteed government job.

So much for ‘nation-building.’

More than four months after March’s inconclusive parliamentary election, Iraq has still no government as politicians continue to bicker over who will lead

All U.S. combat units are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of next month and the last American soldier by the end of next year.

What could possibly go wrong?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Muslims Kill At Least 48 Muslims In Iraq”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    1) This “administration” doesn’t’ care a whit about Iraq, it’s situation or its people unless it can use potentially favorable information for political purposes
    2) The desire to get out of Iraq is paramount so that it is less of a distraction for this regime to continue with it’s domestic dismantling progams (DDP)
    3) Once out, you will hear NOTHING about Iraq. The newsies will have moved on to slavishly reporting the (incorrect) information from Afghanistan, and slamming the US military at every opportunity. (And blaming Bush)

    • proreason says:

      This “administration” doesn’t’ care a whit about Iraq

      And they don’t care a whit about America either.

      What they care about is their own wealth and power.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      As long as the criminals in Washington keep us looking at what the right hand does, the LEFT hand can continue to rape and pillage America as it pleases.

      Good posts, men!

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Yeah but 9 Islamic protestors killed by IDL in self defense is an outrage.


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