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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, June 08, 2007


Take a look at all the ugly things in just this one AP catchall.
Carloads of attackers descended on a police chief's house northeast of Baghdad at dawn Friday, killing the official's wife, two brothers and 11 guards, and kidnapping three of his grown children, Diyala provincial police reported....

two suicide bombers struck a Shiite mosque and a nearby police station near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk (25 killed)....

a parked minibus exploded at a bus terminal in the town of Qurnah, and a hospital director said at least 16 people were killed and 32 wounded.... a minibus loaded with rockets, ammunition, C4 explosives and benzene....

Iraq's bombings, shootings, mortar attacks and execution-style killings left at least 63 Iraqis dead nationwide Thursday. They included 32 unidentified men who were handcuffed, blindfolded and shot to death in Baghdad....

In another development Thursday, the radical Shiite Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr, in a rare televised interview, blamed the United States for Iraq's woes.....

"We are now facing a brutal Western assault against Islam," he said on Iraqi state television. "This agenda must be countered with a cultural resistance."

(BBC) A Shia group attacked a two Sunni mosques in Baghdad.

(McClatchy) A longer story on the Al Sadr interview. (Iraqslogger has excerpts.)

(Reuters) "On Friday, security sources said border authorities had arrested nine Iraqis trying to enter Lebanon from Syria with forged Romanian passports. It was not known why they wanted to come to Lebanon."

(Iraqslogger) "The Iraqi military has surrounded striking oil workers in southern Iraq...."

(USAToday) US military commanders say they are negotiating with tribal leaders in Diyala.

And, everybody's talking Turkey (Reuters, NYTimes, AFP) but they're not reporting anything new.


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