Tuesday :: Apr 15, 2008

Deserving of Mention

by Turkana

Lost amidst the furor over the Obama San Francisco gaffe was this little bit of news, as reported by Time Magazine:

A roadside bomb killed an American soldier in Baghdad on Saturday, capping the bloodiest week for U.S. troops in Iraq this year. Clashes persisted in Shiite areas, even as the biggest Shiite militia sought to rein in its fighters.

At least 13 Shiite militants were killed in the latest clashes in Baghdad's militia stronghold of Sadr City, the U.S. military said. Iraqi police said seven civilians also died in fighting, which erupted Friday night and tapered off Saturday.

The U.S. military said the American soldier was killed in a blast Saturday morning in northwestern Baghdad but did not say whether Shiite militiamen were responsible.

The death raised to at least 19 the number of American troopers killed in Iraq since last Sunday.

American casualties have risen with an outbreak of fighting in Baghdad between U.S. and Iraqi forces and the largest Shiite militia — the Mahdi Army of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

I'm bitter that the surge continues to be such a bloody success. I cling to the hope that one of the Democrats will eventually offer a full withdrawal plan.

UPDATE: From today's New York Times:

Insurgents armed primarily with car bombs struck in four cities in Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people and wounding dozens more. The most lethal attack was in the troubled provincial capital of Baquba, a city the Americans believed they had largely taken back from Sunni extremists last summer.

At least 40 people died in the Baquba suicide car bomb attack, according to the chief of security operations for the city, but the police and emergency workers removing the bodies said they counted 53.

A suicide bomber also struck in Ramadi in Anbar Province, killing 13 people. In Baghdad, one civilian was killed in a bombing that was aimed at a police major and his bodyguards. In Mosul, a car bomb exploded in a neighborhood close to the university, previously a peaceful area despite the turbulence that has rocked much of the rest of the city.

Although there were no deaths in the Mosul attack, it appeared to have been well planned. An initial bomb was aimed at an American military convoy and a second exploded a few minutes later when Iraqi police officers arrived at the scene. Four police officers were wounded, as well as eight Iraqi civilians.

It was not immediately clear whether the attacks, particularly the two largest bombings in Baquba and Ramadi, were intended to be synchronized. The two cities are not close by, but in the past Sunni extremists have carried out coordinated bombings.

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