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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: A Week of Freedom

“So what have you been up to since the 4th of July? Enjoying the summer? Kicking back a little in the warmth and sunshine? Let’s take a quick peek at the last seven days in the capital city of the nation that we liberated and see how they are enjoying their new found independence..”

“Sectarian violence rocked Baghdad again on Tuesday, as gunmen ambushed a minibus as it drove through a Sunni neighborhood bringing Shiites from a funeral and killing 10 of those aboard, police said.
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the fortified Green Zone government compound, killing five people and wounding 10, as parliament prepared to meet a few hundred yards away.
The minibus attack in the violent southern Doura district comes a day after Iraq’s prime minister pleaded for Iraqis to ‘unite as brothers’ following a fresh spasm of violence over the weekend that pushed Iraq deeper into communal warfare.
-Reuters, July 11, 2006

“The war in Baghdad took a turn for the worse Sunday as masked gunmen pulled at least 40 Sunni Arabs from their houses, cafes, and cars and executed them in cold blood. Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said it brought the country to a ‘dangerous edge.’ I thought it was already there.
The slaughter took place in a neighborhood called ­Jihad. The raid is believed to be retaliation by extremist Shiite groups, according to reports from Baghdad. Any Sunni who had the misfortune to be in the environs was killed on the spot, reported witnesses. Units of the newly U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces stood by without intervening. Their silence and failure to intervene speaks volumes about the future of Iraq and just how much trust can be placed in these nascent security forces.”
-UPI, July 10, 2006

“At least 15 people were killed and 35 were wounded today when two car bombs went off near a Shi'ite mosque in a Sunni district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Police said the bombings took place in the Qasra neighborhood of the largely Sunni district of Al-Adhamiyah.”
-Radio Free Europe, July 9, 2006

“Iraqi troops backed by US jets raided a Shi'ite stronghold in the capital yesterday, killing and wounding dozens of people in a crackdown on militias blamed for much of Iraq's worsening sectarian violence.
At least 17 others died in a wave of bombings and mortar attacks against mostly Sunni mosques in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq. A Sunni cleric was also kidnapped in the capital, a Sunni official said.”
-Associated Press, July 8, 2006

“Bomb blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in Baghdad shortly after noon prayers on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding nine, police said.
Seven people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded outside a third Sunni mosque in Baquba, a town 64 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad in Diyala province, police said.
Three people were killed and two wounded when a mortar round landed on a mosque in the capital's northern al-Wazeriya district, while two people were killed and two wounded by a car bomb near a mosque in the western al-Jihad district.”
-Reuters, July 7, 2006

“A suicide car bomber blasted two coaches carrying Iranian pilgrims outside a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Iraq at dawn on Thursday, killing 12 people and wounding 41, police and health officials said.”
-Reuters, July 6, 2006

“Baghdad's central morgue said it received 1,595 bodies last month -- the highest monthly total since the February bombing of a Shi'ite shrine sparked a wave of sectarian killings.
The figures show the pace of killings has increased, even after a U.S. military strike killed al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on June 7.
U.S. and Iraqi troops scoured Baghdad for a kidnapped Sunni legislator on Wednesday. A group claiming to have abducted her contacted her party to set demands for her release, including the withdrawal of U.S. forces and an end to attacks on Shi'ites.”
-Reuters, July 5, 2006

“Ah yes. Our great success. We have brought freedom to these poor oppressed Iraqis. Under that ogre Saddam these people would be suffering, but under American Freedom ™ they have the ability to make their own decisions and live lives of personal and religious fulfillment. Makes you feel good to have been a part of bringing this kind of happiness to them, doesn’t it?”


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