Friday, March 03, 2006

Iraq: State of the Disunion

Just a tiny sampling ...

U.S. Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang'
U.S. officials tell CBS News that intelligence has picked up reports that al Qaeda in Iraq is planning what one source calls the "Big Bang," a spectacular terrorist attack in Iraq against either a single high-profile target or multiple targets simultaneously.
38 Killed in Thursday's Violence
Gunmen stormed a power station and killed Shiite brick factory workers while they slept in separate attacks that killed at least 19 people in Baghdad's southeastern suburbs.
US soldier killed in western Iraq
A US soldier was killed in the restive Al-Anbar province of western Iraq, the US army said on Thursday.
Beaten to death in Basra
"When they took the cover off his body I could see his nose was badly broken," said Daoud Moussa, a senior Iraqi police officer. "The skin of his wrists had been torn off. The skin on his forehead was torn away. On the left side of his chest there were clear blue bruises. On his legs I saw bruising from kicking."
Ex-Official: Iraq Abuses Growing Worse
Human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein, as lawlessness and sectarian violence sweep the country, the former U.N. human rights chief in Iraq said Thursday.
Terrorist growth overtakes U.S. efforts
Thirty new terrorist organizations have emerged since the September 11, 2001, attacks, outpacing U.S. efforts to crush the threat, said Brig. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, the Pentagon's deputy director for the war on terrorism.
Baghdad official who exposed executions flees
Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7,000 people have been killed by death squads in recent months, the outgoing head of the UN human rights office in Iraq has disclosed.
Shiites in Iraqi city of Basra threaten boycott of oil and goods
The influential Shiite-Islamic Fadhila Party in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra on Friday threatened to halt the traffic of oil and other goods from southern Iraq into the centre of the country.
Civil strife is not the only conflict for Iraq's Shias
An internal struggle for power has put the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr back at centre stage - and the Americans won't like it.
Gallup: 2 Out of 3 Americans Want U.S. Pull Out from Iraq
While newspaper editorials remain virtually silent on the subject, the American public seems to have made up its mind. A new Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll out tonight shows that 2 out of 3 adult Americans now want U.S. troops to start to come home from Iraq. And 55% call the decision to attack Iraq in 2003 a "mistake."
Religious Strife Shows Strength of Iraq Militias
The recent violence has demonstrated the power that the many militias in Iraq have to draw the country into a full-scale civil war.

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