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NYT: Iraq Struck By Wave Of Bombings

From a gobsmacked New York Times:

Iraq Struck by a Wave of Bombings


June 26, 2009

BAGHDAD — At least seven bombs exploded around the country Thursday amid a uptick in violence as American troops prepare to withdraw from Iraqi cities on June 30.

The attacks were widespread, targeting Shiites and Sunnis, civilians, Iraqi security forces, and American soldiers. There were at least five bombs in Baghdad. One, at a bus station, killed two and wounded 30 in the late morning, security officials said, though witnesses at the scene said the toll was higher

“They’re exploiting this time, the time of the American withdrawal, to prove that Iraqi forces are not capable of handling security tasks,” Ali al-Mosawi, an advisor to the prime minister, said of those behind the attacks. “They will escalate their attacks over the days of the withdrawal, to commit as many crimes as they can.” …

Meanwhile, the death toll from a bombing at a crowded market in the Sadr City section of Baghdad Wednesday night continued to rise, with hospital officials saying on Thursday that 76 had been killed and 158 wounded.

That bomb, which was mounted on a motorcycle, was at least the third in two weeks to cause double-digit casualties in Iraqi Shiite communities. On Saturday, a truck bomb in Taza, a Shiite Turkmen area in northern Iraq, killed at least 68 people. On June 10, a car bomb exploded outside Nasiriya, the capital of a predominantly Shiite province in southern Iraq where bombs are rare. That one killed at least 28 people and incited a near riot among survivors who threw stones at the police, blaming them for lax security.

Thursday’s bombings occurred just five days before American forces are scheduled to withdraw from Iraqi cities, towns and villages, as required under the Iraqi-American security agreement. In Baghdad, many of the troops have already withdrawn, and whatever preventive effect they had may well be fast evaporating. In their absence, insurgent groups appear to be testing the security system now run almost wholly by Iraqis.

In 2005, similar attacks on Shiite neighborhoods eventually prompted Shiites to form their own militias to help protect themselves, setting off a cycle of sectarian violence…

On Thursday morning, residents in Sadr City near the site of the Wednesday night’s bombing almost universally blamed the Iraqi government for the attack, saying that it was impossible for the bomber to have made it through nearby Iraqi Army checkpoints without some help. Though some accused the Americans of having a hand in the explosion, the fiercest reproaches were saved for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki himself.

“I accuse Maliki because he is backed by Iran and they don’t want Iraq to be a stable country,” said Mohammed Kanfoos, 31.

Dismissing the Iraqi army as both ineffectual and malicious, several of those interviewed said the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia that once controlled Sadr City and was pushed out by American and Iraqi forces in the spring of 2008, would have provided better security that than the Iraqi army.

“I would like to ask Maliki what he aims to achieve from such bombs,” said Ahmed Hasan, a 25-year-old shoe store owner who saw the explosion firsthand. “Does he want to arrest more Mahdi Army members? If the Mahdi Army were here, no bomb would have happened.” …


We thought each and every death in Iraq in the last seven years has been directly due to the heroic Iraqi insurgents trying to drive out the hated American infidels?

Now it turns out that Iraqis are killing each other for different reasons?

The hell you say.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT: Iraq Struck By Wave Of Bombings”

  1. pdsand says:

    I thought the violence in Iraq was a rebuke of Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons. (Full disclosure: I actually had to google the name of the Iraq prison where the phony scandal ensued, it was so far removed from my sane mind. I’m sure liberals have it framed in needlework on their living room walls.)

  2. Flession says:

    Don’t the Iraqi rebels know that the Americans are leaving?!

    The New York Times said that once we leave, peace will reign!!!

    Are you saying that Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Hollywood starlets were wrong?!

    …my worldview has shattered.

  3. GL0120 says:

    Let’s see, Biden told us that within the first six months TCO would be tested and we would not be pleased with his response at first.
    Okay, the N. Koreans have tested him and he caved, the Iranians tested him and he caved, the Iraqi Perpetrators of Man-Made Disasters (can’t use the T word) are now testing him.
    So exactly when will we be pleased with his response?

    • proreason says:

      Slo Joe didn’t say we would ever be pleased…..but of course, you assumed there would come a time.

      Silly you.

    • Flession says:

      Why did you assume that it’s specifically you that is going to be pleased?

      The Left is quite pleased with Lord Barry’s response.

    • proreason says:

      “The Left is quite pleased with Lord Barry’s response”

      You’re correct, Flession.

      And there are others who are pleased besides the unhinged Left.

      Dictators around the world are thrilled. Abortion doctors are jumping with joy. The UAW is happy as a clam. Islamo facists are having a holiday. And all America haters around the world are definitely happy campers.

    • DoctorRock says:

      There’s still month to go, dammit. Cap & Trade, National Health and Comprehensive Immigration should take us out to July twenty-something. The balloon will go up on schedule, don’t worry. I’ll be the .30 you hear in the east. Stop by when you get a chance, cold ones on me!

  4. GL0120 says:

    Never before have so many been pleased by so little.
    I’m telling you, it sends a tingle right up my leg and that doesn’t happen very often.

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