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'All-time high' in Baghdad violence
Cat : Victims Of Nazi Bush
Date : 2006-10-12 18:14:21                      Reader : 293
Darfur crises , but not Iraq, why ?! We believe UN troops should take leadership in Iraq as U.S. failed to keep peace and security and unity of Iraq. Why UN and Security Council keep silent towards Iraq bloodshed of hundred civilians per day ?!
We warn UN of double standards, on one hand all call for UN forces in Darfur, meanwhile Iraq and Palestine bleed more than Darfur, and no body cares !! Such irresponsible, selective, monopole policy lead to NKorea crises as well as Iran. Peace and security of the world is becoming under serious threat.

Victims Of Nazi Bush

USATODAY.COM 12/10/2006

'All-time high' in Baghdad violence


By Rick Jervis, USA TODAY
BAGHDAD — The number of sectarian killings each month in Baghdad has more than tripled since February, and the violence has not slowed despite a major offensive in the capital.
Death squads killed 1,450 people in September, up from 450 in February, according to U.S. military statistics. In the first 10 days of October, death squads have killed about 770 Iraqis.

The increase in death squad killings reflects the level of religious warfare that is now the largest threat to security in Iraq.

Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a military spokesman, acknowledged violence in Baghdad is at an "all-time high" and said U.S. commanders, in coordination with their Iraqi counterparts, are continuing to adjust the security plan to try to reduce the violence. "We've been working to keep it peaceful, and we've been frustrated that the extremists keep perpetuating the number of attacks," Garver said.

U.S. forces are also caught in the violence. At least 37 American troops have been killed in combat this month, about half of them in or around Baghdad, where Iraqi and U.S. forces are attempting to loosen the grip of armed militias. The weekly average of U.S. deaths since President Bush declared the end of major combat operations in May 2003 has been about 14.

Sectarian violence grew after the February bombing of a sacred Shiite mosque in Samarra. Gen. George Casey, the top-ranking U.S. officer in Iraq, said the conflict was changing from an insurgency against U.S. forces to a struggle among Iraqis.

The civil unrest has placed U.S. troops in a difficult position. In a seven-day period last week, troops from the Army's 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment in northwest Baghdad investigated 40 sectarian killings and collected 57 bodies, many of them mutilated or bearing signs of torture, said Sgt. Jeff Nelson, an intelligence analyst with the unit. "We're finding bodies everywhere out here," he said. The troops haven't caught any suspects in the deaths, Nelson said.

The U.S. military this summer established an extrajudicial killings task force to share evidence and leads with Iraqi investigators.

The violence, which has pitted Sunni and Shiite Muslims against each other and spawned neighborhood gangs, has escalated despite the presence of more than 60,000 U.S. and Iraqi forces in the capital.

In the worst months this year, sectarian killings averaged about 47 a day, according to the military statistics. So far this month, sectarian assassinations have claimed an average of 77 lives a day. The monthly numbers were rounded before being released and include assassinations and revenge killings but not victims of car bombs or suicide bomb attacks.

In Washington, Bush said, "The violence is being caused by a combination of terrorists, elements of former regime criminals and sectarian militias."

Bush also dismissed a study released this week that indicated that more than 600,000 Iraqi civilians have died in all types of violence since 2003. "I don't consider it a credible report," he said.

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