NYTIMES: At Least 50 Killed in Bombings in Iraq
The entire village was gone. Local television broadcast scenes of homes reduced to heaps of rubble mixed with bed frames, mattresses, furniture and bloodstained pillows. A villager cried into the camera: “Look, Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Interior Minister, where is the security that you speak about?” A man walked past wreckage after a pair of trucks exploded and destroyed an entire Shiite village known as Khazna, about ten miles east of Mosul. The latest wave of sectarian bombings struck northern Iraq and Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 50 people, wounding hundreds more, and leveling a village near Mosul. Nearly 100 people in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul have been killed in attacks since Friday, raising serious concerns about the Iraqi government’s ability to maintain security.AP: Iraq suffers bloodiest day since US pullback
A double truck bombing Monday in Mosul and blasts in Baghdad brought the Iraqi death toll to more than 100 in three days, the worst spasm of violence the country has suffered since U.S. forces left the cities. The bloodshed threatened to chip away at public confidence in the U.S.-backed government as it seeks to project a sense of normalcy ahead of next year's national elections, including an announcement last week that all concrete blast walls will be gone from Baghdad's main roads by mid-September. The Mosul bombing, like another Friday on the fringes of the ethnically tense city, targeted ethnic minorities, indicating that insurgents are seeking out relatively undefended targets to maximize casualties as the strapped Iraqi army focuses its efforts on more central areas. The attacks in Mosul, which the U.S. military has called the last stronghold of al-Qaida, killed 28 people Monday and 44 on Friday. It's the first time since the U.S. turned urban security over to the Iraqis on June 30 that insurgents have managed to stage two massive attacks in short order. Another 22 Iraqis, mostly day laborers, died in two bombings in Baghdad on Monday. Seven Shiite pilgrims also were killed by bombings in Baghdad on Friday. The latest deaths raise to at least 158 the number killed in the first 10 days of August — more than half the 309 killed in all of July, according to an Associated Press tally.TAB PREDICTED THIS HERE AND HERE.
AND WE JUST POSTED A BIT ABOUT HOW IRAQIS ARE PISSED OFF AT OBAMA.
WHY WE WERE RIGHT:
1 - APPEASEMENT ALWAYS ONLY ENCOURAGES MORE BAD BEHAVIOR.
2- ANNOUNCING WITHDRAWAL DATES JUST HELPS THE ENEMY.
3 - IRAN NEEDS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THEIR ELECTION DEBACLE AND ENSUING REVOLT AND THEIR NUKE PROGRAM.
ISRAEL KNOWS OBAMA IS USELESS AT BEST, AND WILL STRIKE IRAN RIGHT AFTER THE NEW YEAR.