The plot started before invasion, when Bush forced his 32 and 36 borders, dividing Iraq into three main cantoons: Sunni in the middle , Shiites in the South , and Kurds in the North. Why should such crime continues ? Why should more than hundred Iraqi civilians die daily ? Why US troops are living there in peace ?! ICC, Lahaye Court, and UN human rights council should take action for trial of Mr.Bush and Mr.Blair , forcing them to leave Iraq immediately as it is in flagrant violation with UN Charter.
Associated France Press (AFP) 16/8/2006
Iraq violence claims more lives
A car bomb has exploded in Basra as violence in Iraq shows no sign of letting up a day after a big car bomb destroyed a Baghdad hotel.
The explosion, which happened as a UK military patrol was passing, killed four civilians but it is not clear if one was the bomber.
Mortar attacks, one near the Syrian border and another at a base north of Baghdad, killed three US troops.
The US Army now says seven people died in Wednesday’s Baghdad hotel blast.
On Thursday, three people also died in an attack on staff at a US-funded TV station in Baquba, north of Baghdad.
Initial reports from the scene of the Baghdad blast had put the number killed at 27 but this figure was revised downwards during Thursday.
One Briton was killed, and another injured, the UK government said.
Wednesday night’s explosion wrecked the small Mount Lebanon hotel and nearby houses in the city centre.
The US military says the 450kg car bomb packed with artillery ordnance also injured 45 people.
US officials say the hotel attack, in the busy Karrada district, was intended to cause maximum casualties and bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda-related group.
Most of the victims of the hotel bombing were Iraqis living nearby, rescuers said.
The hotel was used mainly by Iraqis and foreign Arabs.
It is the latest in a wave of bombings that has killed more than 400 people in Iraq since February.
BBC correspondent Suzy Price, who stayed at the hotel last summer, described it as a small, friendly guest house, but without the security precautions - like roadblocks - employed by the major hotels.
"They simply had one night watchman, who was armed during the night," she said.
The BBC’s Tim Franks in Baghdad says there was anger at the scene, most of it directed at the Americans, with local people claiming the hotel was hit by a missile from a US aircraft.
A US military spokesman said the attack appeared to have been directed at civilians.
On Thursday morning survivors picked through the remains of their houses and their businesses.
A US spokesman said that the bomb used suggested the involvement of an Islamic extremist group such as Ansar al-Islam or followers of suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The BBC’s Caroline Hawley says that with security arrangements tight around Baghdad’s bigger hotels, a smaller one like the Mount Lebanon would have been a soft target.
A White House spokesman said the new attack would not deter efforts towards "democracy, freedom and stability" in Iraq where the US-led coalition is on high alert in the run-up to the first anniversary of the start of the war on Saturday.