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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Iraq Insurgency Rages On

Washington Post: Scores Of Sunnis Killed in Baghdad
Neighborhood Residents Describe Signs of Torture

BAGHDAD, July 9 -- Shiite Muslim militiamen rampaged through a Sunni Arab neighborhood in Baghdad early Sunday morning, killing more than 50 people and discarding bodies in the streets, according to Iraqi officials and witnesses. Hours later, attackers struck back, detonating two car bombs near a Shiite mosque.

Sunni politicians described the violence against the Sunni residents of the al-Jihad neighborhood in western Baghdad as one of the deadliest waves of murder since the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The killings occurred on a day when the U.S. military announced charges against four soldiers in the alleged rape and murder of a girl and the killing of three members of her family in the southern Iraqi town of Mahmudiyah. [Details, A14.]

Sectarian killings escalated sharply across Iraq after a bomb destroyed a revered golden-domed Shiite shrine in Samarra on Feb. 22. The bombing prompted reprisal attacks on Sunni mosques and pushed the country further toward all-out civil war.

In Baghdad on Sunday, the armed men, some wearing masks and dressed in black, descended on the al-Jihad neighborhood in buses after sunrise. They set up checkpoints along a main commercial street, demanded identification cards from passersby and burst into homes to single out Sunni Arabs to kill, residents said.

One resident, Hazim al-Rawi, said he gathered up his family and fled the neighborhood after he saw 15 bodies outside his home.

"Some of them were tortured with drills," he said of the bodies. "Some of them were hanged by ropes."

A U.S. military spokesman said that Iraqi national police and American soldiers found 11 dead Iraqis in three locations in the neighborhood. The higher casualty reports "do not marry up with what we have found," Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington said.

Still, Sunni politicians said the spate of attacks gravely exacerbated the problems in Baghdad, where killings occur almost daily, and they accused Iraqi police of collaborating with Shiite militiamen in the violence.

"This is a new step. A red line has been crossed," said Alaa Makky, a Sunni member of parliament. "People have been killed in the streets; now they are killed inside their homes."

Wow . . . it's really good that this insurgency thing is in its final throes eh?


3 Comments:

Blogger annegb said...

This is sort of off the subject, Guy, but I've had some insight lately into war.

We had a situation in our ward that may never be over. Several families were victimized by the son of another member of our ward.

Rather than choose to show remorse and love, she sided with her child and fought and hated. This made the families angry and they went for the jugular.

The boy received jail time and other punishments. Then the mother lashed out more.

I can see this never ending. And I thought, "this is how wars start."

Someone has to stop the hate. I'm not full of answers, I'm still really mad at my friend. But I know that guns and strength could not solve this problem.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

Annegb, I agree with you that wars start by hatred. They are the antithesis of the Gospel of Christ, The Prince of Peace. Guns and so called strength, seldom if ever solve problems on a long term basis.

How many wars has this world fought, and yet here we are in this supposed day and age of reason and enlightenment still fighting with each other.

I hope feelings settle down in your ward situation. Indeed a tragic circumstance.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous SBR said...

Just to keep the juices flowing, I thought this might add to the conversation. A couple friends in DC just finished a documentary on the Insurgency after spending a year in Baghdad. No matter what your thoughts on the situation over there, it is thought provoking at minimum. Have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U623_GTYX-8

7:43 AM  

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