Wednesday, October 11, 2006

There’s a Level of Violence that Iraqis Tolerate

That's what Dear Leader (US) said this morning at his press conference. Is this a tolerable level (from just today's Reuters Factbox on security issues in Iraq)?
KUT - The bodies of five men bound and blindfolded with multiple gunshot wounds, bearing signs of torture, were separately found in central Kut, 170 km (106 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. Three of the bodies had been retrieved from the Tigris river, they added.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded near the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in northern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding seven, an Interior Ministry source said. The target of the bomb was not clear, the source said.

RASHEED - One insurgent and two policemen were killed and four people were wounded following clashes that erupted after gunmen attacked a police station in the small town of Rasheed, about 30 km (19 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs targeting a police patrol exploded in quick succession in Ghadeer district, eastern Baghdad, wounding eight people, including three policemen, a source at the Interior Ministry said.

FALLUJA - Gunmen killed a policeman in front of his house in the western city of Falluja, Falluja police said.
Also, from the NYTimes:
Dozens of corpses have been found in Baghdad in the past three days, generally riddled with bullets and bearing signs of torture. Today, four more were found in the Dora neighborhood of southern Baghdad, an area that was among the earliest to experience the sectarian bloodletting that is plaguing the capital. Dora is at the center of the American military’s push to quell the violence and secure the capital. Elsewhere, four civilians were killed when a concealed bomb blew up in the al-Amel neighborhood of west Baghdad, according to an employee at the Yarmuk hospital. Two more people were killed in another attack, the employee said.
ThinkProgress also notes:
In reality, 890,000 Iraqis have moved to Jordan, Iran and Syria since Hussein’s fall and more than 300,000 have fled to other parts of Iraq to escape the violence. Additionally, 71 percent of Iraqis want U.S. forces to leave Iraq within a year, saying “they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq.”


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