Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Reprisal Killings In Iraq

Oh, oh.

From Reuters:

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen in police uniforms seized a dozen Sunni men suspected of being insurgents from a prison in the mainly Shi'ite city of Basra on Wednesday and later killed 11 of them, police and British forces said.

Among those killed in the apparent reprisal attack for the bombing of a major Shi'ite shrine earlier in the day were two Egyptians, police sources said. The others were Iraqis.

The attackers arrived in a convoy of cars at the Maakel prison and 11 of the prisoners were later found with gunshot wounds elsewhere.

A 12th was in a critical condition in hospital with gunshot wounds, said a spokesman for British forces occupying southern
Iraq, who added that the gunmen had said they were from the Interior Ministry and presented documents for the prisoners.

Six bodies were found in Republic Street, police said. Three were discovered in the Sekak district of Basra. Two more were found in Leader Street. All of the bodies were now in the morgue in Basra, a police source said.

Sunni political leaders accuse U.S.-led occupying forces and security forces loyal to the Shi'ite-led government of detaining large numbers of minority Sunnis on flimsy evidence of links to the rebels.
Terrorist attacks against Shiite holy sites, reprisal killings against Sunnis and/or against Sunni mosques.

Between the burgeoning civil war in Iraq and the Dubia ports deal, today has not been a good day for the Bush administration.

Fortunately they can fix the ports deal.

Unfortunately the burgeoning civil war in Iraq is not so easy to fix.

Comments: Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?