NYTIMES: Iraq Struck by a Wave of Bombings
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.
Nine members of the coalition forces were wounded when two roadside bombs exploded near their convoy in eastern Baghdad, an American military spokesman said. Iraqi policemen were killed or wounded by attacks in Fallujah, Mosul and Baghdad, officials said.
“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.”
I BELIEVE THAT WITH THESE ATTACKS IRAN IS TRYING TO SEND US A MESSAGE: MESS WITH THEIR REGIME AND THEY'LL MESS WITH IRAQ.
I EXPECT A MAJOR ATTACK IN ISRAEL, JORDAN AND EGYPT BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK.
I THINK THE SOLUTION IS AM IMMEDIATE AND TOTAL BLOCKADE OF IRAN - AIR AND SEA AND CURRENCY.
AND THEN ATTACKING THE IRG BARRACKS AND THEIR NUKE ASSETS AND THEIR MILITARY ASSETS.
THE LONGER WE WAIT THE STRINGIER THE REGIME GETS.
WE WILL NEVER GET AS A GOOD A CHANCE AS NOW.
THE LONGER WE WAIT THE GREATER THE CHANCE THAT IRAN WILL GET A NUKE.
THEN WE'RE FREAKIN' STALEMATED.