Saturday, June 11, 2005

How's The Post -"Mission Accomplished" Phase Of The Iraq War Going?

A quick rundown of the Iraq situation from for busy Americans:

"06/10/05 AFP: Ten dead as new car bomb shatters Baghdad calm
The vehicle, parked near the busy Nur marketplace in the Al-Shula district, exploded at about 10:00 pm (1800 GMT), one hour before a night-time curfew in the capital came into effect, an interior ministry source said.

06/11/05 AP: Suicide bomber kills five Iraqis inside Baghdad police academy
Five people have been killed at a Baghdad police academy after a suicide bomber disguised as a policeman entered and detonated explosives. Police say the bomber was wearing the explosives under his uniform. Another seven people have been wounded.

06/11/05 American Troops Open Fire On Iraqi Police, Officials Say
Iraqi police said U.S. soldiers have mistakenly killed two security guards during a gun battle. A military spokesman said the soldiers started shooting when a car came too close to an American armored patrol.

06/11/05 AAP: Gunmen kill 10 bus passengers
GUNMEN opened fire on a bus filled with labourers just south of Baghdad today, killing 10 people and wounding three... the bus carrying 13 people was travelling from ...Hilla to Baghdad when two cars pulled up on either side and the gunmen attacked.

06/11/05 AP: Two Oil Ministry employees were shot dead
Two Oil Ministry employees were shot dead in Baghdad's southern Dora district, police official Rasol Salih said. A third man was critically wounded. The bodies were found in a canal under a footbridge and one of the slain men wore handcuffs..."

And just in case you missed this article from The Washington Post:

"BAGHDAD, June 10 -- Insurgent activity flared Thursday night and Friday in western Iraq, as Iraqi soldiers found at least 17 bodies near the border town of Qaim, and residents of nearby Husaybah reported that guerrillas loyal to the leader of the group called al Qaeda in Iraq had taken control of the town.

The U.S. military, meanwhile, reported that five Marines were killed Thursday in the western town of Haqlaniyah, 125 miles northwest of Baghdad, when their vehicle struck an explosive device. No other details were released."

For you busy Americans who are trying to barbeque this weekend or stay cool in your air conditioned suburban homes or drive your SUVs over a couple of state lines to let the mother-in-law see the grandkids, Vice Preznit Cheney has a message for you:

"CNN (Tuesday May 31, 2005): In a wide-ranging interview Monday on CNN's Larry King Live Cheney cited the recent push by Iraqi forces to crack down on insurgent activity in Baghdad and reports that the most-wanted terrorist leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been wounded.

The vice president said he expected the war would end during President Bush's second term, which ends in 2009.

'I think we may well have some kind of presence there over a period of time," Cheney said. "The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency...'

Cheney said he was 'absolutely convinced we did the right thing in Iraq.' He said the United States was making "major progress" in Iraq, where a transitional government took power in April and was working on drafting a new constitution.

'America will be safer in the long run when Iraq, and Afghanistan as well, are no longer safe havens for terrorists or places where people can gather and plan and organize attacks against the United States,' he said."

Yup. Last throes. Major Progress. Yada yada yada. Blah blah blah. LBJ LBJ LBJ...

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