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Wave of insurgent bombs kill 23 in Iraq's Kirkuk
Cat : Victims Of Nazi Bush
Date : 2006-09-18 12:17:13                      Reader : 280
US is fully responsible to provide security for Iraqi nation. Today Iraqis lack security , lack food and shelter, lack health care, lack infrastructure !! US must leave Iraq immediately and leave UN instead to take charge of Iraq crises.
The more US stay, the more civil war will spread all over Iraq !! What a model for democracy Bush claims !!

Victims OF Nazi Bush

REUTERS 18/9/2006

Wave of insurgent bombs kill 23 in Iraq's Kirkuk

 

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Insurgents killed at least 23 people with a wave of vehicle bombs across Iraq's ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk on Sunday, one day after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki urged Iraqis to embrace reconciliation.
At least 73 other people were wounded in the coordinated blasts caused by a huge suicide truck bomb and four car bombs which rocked oil-rich Kirkuk, a flashpoint city north of Baghdad disputed by Sunni Arabs, ethnic Kurds and Turkmen.

In the deadliest explosion, a suicide attacker driving a truck rigged with explosives blew himself up outside a police centre and the offices of two top Kurdish parties, killing 17 people, mostly civilians, police said. The toll included 10 women and two children visiting relatives held by police.

Within an hour, a car bomb targeting a U.S. military patrol killed three civilians and wounded six other people. Minutes later, another suicide car bomber rammed into an Iraqi army checkpoint, wounding two soldiers. Two other car bombs struck the city.

The closed-off area where the truck bomb exploded also houses the headquarters of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani and Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani.

Firefighters battled flames at collapsed buildings and charred corpses lay in streets littered with twisted car parts.

U.S. officials fear bloodshed may worsen with the holy month of Ramadan next week and have said car bombs could be a preferred tactic by al Qaeda and other Sunni insurgent groups.

Kirkuk Police chief Major General Sherko Shakir said the simultaneous explosions, among the worst violence in volatile Kirkuk in months, were intended to "destabilise the city".

Settling Kirkuk's status between ethnic groups is one of Iraq's most sensitive issues, and failure to contain violence there could spark all-out war across Iraq, already gripped by sectarian violence between Muslim Shi'ites and Sunnis.

In Baghdad, police found 24 more victims of sectarian death squads in the past 24 hours, all of them bound, bearing signs of torture and with a single gunshot to the head, bringing to more than 200 the number of bodies in five days.

A roadside bomb in a popular bird and animal market in Baghdad killed two people and wounded eight, police said.

SECTARIAN FAULTINES

Shifting the focus to Baghdad, key to securing the rest of Iraq, U.S. commanders are diverting troops from western Anbar province to bolster a month-long crackdown in the capital.

But the tactic has been questioned after a leaked U.S. Marine intelligence report said Washington would need another division to defeat insurgents in the vast desert province. Bomb and mortar attacks in Falluja on Sunday killed three Iraqi police and wounded six, the Interior Ministry said.

U.S. and Iraqi officials say sectarian violence between majority Shi'ites and Sunnis is a greater threat to Iraq's survival than the three-year-old Sunni insurgency U.S.-led forces have been fighting mainly west of Baghdad.

But ethnic tensions over Kirkuk between Arabs and Kurds -- aggravated after Barzani banned the use of the Iraqi flag in Kurdistan -- is another potential flashpoint.

Under the Sunni-led rule of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Kurds were driven out of Kirkuk and replaced by Arabs, part of Saddam's "Arabisation" campaign to ensure control of the region.

Iraqi Kurds now want the Kurds who were driven out of the city to be allowed to return, and for Kirkuk to be included in their autonomous Kurdistan region in the north. Many Arabs and Turkmen oppose this, and maintain a historical claim to Kirkuk.

In a move that could further expose sectarian fault lines, Shi'ite lawmakers plan to introduce a bill on Tuesday to define the mechanisms of federalism, opposed by Sunnis.

Some Shi'ites want to create a region in the oil-rich south, modelled on Kurdistan, but Sunnis fear it would break up Iraq and cut them off from its oil wealth in the north and south.

Maliki, a Shi'ite Islamist, has vowed to reconcile Iraq's warring sects and ethnic groups and end violence that kills 100 people a day and has forced thousands to flee their homes.


 
 
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