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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Iraq

I seem to be blogging a ton of Iraq lately. It's not a conscious effort, but it seems to be "moving" again. Everytime I've been through one of these flurries, things have gotten markedly worse afterwards.

(Reuters) At least 23 people were killed and 73 were wounded after coordinated blasts by a truck bomb and four car bombs which rocked oil-rich Kirkuk.

(LATimes) 48 bodies found around Baghdad. A different AP story headlines "Violence surges in Baghdad after lull." When exactly was the lull?

(Reuters) Since a call by al Qaeda's leader in Iraq 10 days ago for Sunni Arabs to "kill at least one American," there has also been a rise in attacks on U.S. forces. The worst in recent days was a suicide dump truck bombing on Thursday that killed three soldiers and wounded 30 near Baghdad.

The NYTimes has a story on the stalled effort clear the security forces of militants.

An AP story on the still nonexistent logistics in the Iraqi military. The US still handles food/fuel distribution because often under the Iraqis it will disappear.

(LATimes) Four months after Iraq's new government took office, U.S. officials are growing impatient with leaders in Baghdad and pushing them to move more quickly on the difficult agenda confronting them. (A brief mention of the possibility of the fall of Maliki's government.)

2 Comments:

  • I definitely appreciate all your blogging on Iraq. It's really helpful to have a daily perspective about what's going on (and see and feel the stark difference in the perceptions caused by the MSM). I love your pics as well. Keep up the good work....but no one's going to blame you for taking a day off every now and then.

    By Anonymous Sandra, at 2:11 PM  

  • Thanks for the compliment.

    I'm a bit obsessed right now.

    There will be times in Iraq when things are just staying the same, but right now, we have the desperate measure of the trench and the federalism legislation coming up Tuesday or Wednesday; there's alot on the table.

    There's a whole lotta ways things could get far worse quickly, and the current developments could lead to the fall of Maliki's government, or at least the withdrawal of the Sunnis.

    We may soon have something that can undeniably be called a civil war.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:15 PM  

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