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  • Jan 27 - 7 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

    By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military reported the deaths of seven more soldiers Saturday, while Sunni insurgent bombers struck yet another market in a predominantly Shiite district, killing at least 13 people in their bid to terrorize Baghdad days before a U.S.-Iraqi military crackdown.
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    The latest market attack capped a week in which more than 150 people, mostly Shiites, were slain in bomb attacks.

    Death squads, believed to be primarily Shiite militiamen, continued their butchery on the other side of
    Iraq's deepening sectarian divide, with police reporting the discovery of 40 bodies dumped in Baghdad alone. Two of the victims were women and most of the bodies showed signs of torture, police said.

    In all, at least 61 victims of Iraq's sectarian warfare were killed or found dead across the country.

    Of the seven service members reported dead on Saturday, two died in Diyala province northeast of the capital on Friday, three in an unspecified location north of Baghad on Saturday and two in east Baghdad on Thursday.

    The latest reported deaths raised to at least 3,079 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,471 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military.

    U.S. airstrikes killed 14 insurgents and destroyed a safe house for foreign fighters during a raid south of Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. Two suspects were captured, the military said.

    The Americans said the raid had targeted a foreigner they believed responsible for a series of attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces in the extremely violent Baqouba region. The military there has been caught in the midst of some of the bloodiest sectarian fighting of the war.

    Saturday's bombings employed what has become a classic insurgent tactic. First a suicide car bomber drove into the crowded market stalls in the busy New Baghdad commercial area shortly after noon, then detonated his explosives among the stores and kiosks selling food, clothes, household appliances and birds.

    As people rushed to help the victims, a parked car bomb exploded. The 13 killed included two policemen; four officers were among the 42 wounded, police said.

    Burned-out hulks of cars and vans littered the market. A bag of fruit lay in the twisted metal on the bloody pavement.

    Farooq Haitham, the 33-year-old owner of a watch repair shop, said the area had been targeted by bombers before but shopkeepers had no choice but to keep opening their doors.

    "What can we do? We want to live. We need the money so we come to work," Haitham said.

    It was the latest in a series of attacks against commercial targets, in which more than 150 people have died since last Sunday. The attack signals a tough battle ahead as U.S. and Iraqi forces prepare for the security operation, a third bid to pacify the capital since Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took power on May 25.

    The week's deadliest attack killed 88 people Monday when a suicide car bomber crashed into a market in the central neighborhood of Bab al-Sharqi.

    Shortly before sunset Saturday, a rocket slammed into the Green Zone, wounding two people slightly. It was the second time in three days that rockets hit the area, home to the U.S. Embassy, the Iraqi government and thousands of American troops.

    In central Baghdad, police said armed men in police commando uniforms and driving cars with license plates commonly used by the Interior Ministry raided a computer shop in a Christian section of the Sina'a neighborhood. They took away four employees and three customers.

    "The group pointed their guns at the victims and the passers-by, then they forced the victims into the cars and they sped away," Younis Kadhim, 36, who owns a small restaurant nearby.

    Two mortar shells also slammed into a residential district in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriyah, police said, killing two people and wounding seven others.

    A taxi driver was shot to death after he was caught in the crossfire during clashes in Mosul. A parked car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol later exploded in the northern city, killing one civilian and wounding another.
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  • #2
    Good.

    Sadly half a million Iraqis had to die.

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    • #3
      Rip
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      I Honda

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      • #4
        sad
        RIP PROOF
        1973-2006

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        • #5
          Damn, RIP

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          • #6
            My husband is over there in Baghdad right now. He sees his troops get blown up and they go find the guys who did it, caught red handed, and they still have to set them free because of Iraqs rules about proving guilt. That country will never get shapen up.
            The sky darkens, my life flashes
            The plane I was supposed to be on crashes
            and falls to ashes

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            • #7
              Originally posted by objectivist View Post
              My husband is over there in Baghdad right now. He sees his troops get blown up and they go find the guys who did it, caught red handed, and they still have to set them free because of Iraqs rules about proving guilt. That country will never get shapen up.
              it will after we send 21,500 more troops there... you'll see!
              the last vet.before everyone got vetted
              Originally posted by MarshallArts
              Who's got you quoted in their sigs? Are they as equally worthy as those that have sigged me? I just can't imagine it.

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              • #8
                They shouldn't be there in the first place.
                "Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
                - Kurt Vonnegut

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                • #9
                  Iraqis are barbaric.
                  Chicago Bears = NFC champions 2006

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                  • #10
                    I feel for those soldiers families. Someone I knew was killed in Iraq less than a week ago, 18.

                    RIP.





                    4 8 15 16 23 42

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                    • #11
                      you know what we need?

                      aliens

                      then people of earth will unite and stop being so fucking crazy
                      My other aliases:
                      The West is Back
                      Masai
                      justp1ayin
                      The Man

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                      • #12
                        o rly ppl dye in warz?

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