Reports on Mass Killings in Iraq Throw Claims of ‘Surge’ Success in Grave Doubt

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By: E&P Staff

With the press filled today with claims by President Bush, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Joe Lieberman and others about the apparent success of the “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq the daily digest of events there put together by Reuters might be worth pondering.

It supports claims by many reporters on the ground there that progress has been apparent only in scattered sections.

The most recent report, from Reuters, coming from “surge-protected” Baghdad is not even in this summary: “At least 60 people were killed and 41 others were wounded Thursday when two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests self-detonated in a crowded market in a Shiite district in the northeastern part of the capital.”

Here is the Reuters digest for Thursday. Well, there’s some good news. Only one, not two, trucks that exploded contained chlorine gas.
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KHALIS – At least three suicide car bombers launched almost simultaneous attacks in a mainly Shi’ite town, killing around 50, police and hospital officials said. The blasts took place in Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD ? A car bomb killed four policemen and one civilian and wounded nine more police in Jihad in southwest Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Police were checking a suspicious vehicle when it exploded.

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber blew himself up in a market in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad, killing five and wounding 15, a police source said.

MOSUL – U.S. forces killed four armed men who fired on them during a raid in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said. U.S. forces also detained 15 suspected insurgents in that raid and others around Iraq against al Qaeda targets.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb in Bayaa district in southern Baghdad killed three people and wounded 20 others, police said.

MAHMUDIYA – A car bomb killed four people and wounded 20 in a parking lot in Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. A local official in the town said eight people were killed and 12 wounded.

MAHMUDIYA – Two mortar bombs landed in a residential district of Mahmudiya, killing two people and wounding seven, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two policemen were killed and six wounded when they approached a car bomb in Amil district in southwestern Baghdad, police said. There was a body in the car.

MOSUL – Police arrested a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq in Mosul, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed Nawaf al-Hadidi, imam of a mosque in Mosul, in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded three soldiers in the western Ghazaliya district of Baghdad, a Reuters witness said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen attacked the motorcade of the head of traffic police, Jaafar al-Khafaji, in northern Baghdad, killing two traffic policemen and wounding two others, police said.

BAGHDAD – Thirteen bodies were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A car bomb targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint killed a soldier and wounded three others on Wednesday near al-Shurta tunnel in western Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – Ali Abid, the deputy to the governor of Kirkuk, escaped a roadside bomb attack on Wednesday in the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. He was unharmed but three of his guards were wounded.

DIWANIYA – Gunmen killed a policeman near his house in the southern city of Diwaniya, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

DIWANIYA – The body of a young man was found shot in Diwaniya, police said. He was kidnapped on Wednesday. Gunmen also kidnapped a woman engineer as she left her office in Diwaniya on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen kidnapped Hassan Abdul-Latif, an official of the Iraqi Customs Office in central Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.
HILLA – Iraqi army forces arrested 14 insurgents and a number of weapons and seized bomb-making materials in and around the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, on Tuesday, the U.S. military said.

FALLUJA – The U.S. military said only one of two truck bombs that attacked Iraqi and U.S. forces in Falluja on Wednesday contained chlorine, contrary to earlier information that both bombs released chlorine gas.

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