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Deadlist month ever in Iraq (Dec 2006)

tomywishbone

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And the month is not yet over. Insanity.

3 Marines killed in battle in Iraq By LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer, 54 minutes ago, Friday, Dec. 29, 2006.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three more Marines were killed in battle in Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday, making December the deadliest month this year for American troops in war-wracked nation with the toll reaching 106.

The Marines, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, died Thursday of wounds from fighting in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said. Their deaths pushed the toll past the 105 U.S. service members killed in October.

At least 2,993 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an AP count.

In violence Friday, a suicide bomber killed at least nine people near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, and 32 tortured bodies were found across the country as Iraqis braced for Saddam Hussein's execution.

American troops killed six people and destroyed a weapons cache in separate raids in Baghdad and northwest of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said. One of the raids targeted two buildings in the village of Thar Thar, where U.S. troops found 16 pounds of homemade explosives, two large bombs, a rocket-propelled grenade, suicide vests and multiple batteries, the military said.

Iraqi forces backed by U.S. troops entered a mosque southeast of Baghdad, capturing 13 suspects and confiscating weapons, the U.S. military also said.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt detonated himself near a Shiite mosque in Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad, killing nine people and wounding about a dozen, police said.

Twenty-two bodies showing signs of torture were found dumped on the streets of the Iraqi capital Friday, and 10 more were found in Baqouba northeast of Baghdad, police and morgue officials said.

The violence was not heavier than usual in Iraq on Friday, three days after an Iraqi appeals court upheld Saddam's death sentence for the 1982 killings of 148 Shiites. The court said the former president should be hanged within 30 days, but his execution appeared likely to take place this weekend, American and Iraqi officials said.

Those officials have also expressed concern about the potential for a spike in bloodshed following Saddam's death.

Already, December was shaping up to be one of the worst months for Iraqi civilian deaths since The Associated Press began keeping track in May 2005.

Through Thursday, at least 2,139 Iraqis have been killed in war-related or sectarian violence, an average rate of about 76 people a day, according to an AP count. That compares to at least 2,184 killed in November at an average of about 70 a day, the worst month for Iraqi civilians deaths since May 2005. In October, AP counted at least 1,216 civilians killed.

The AP count includes civilians, government officials and police and security. forces, and is considered a minimum based on AP reporting. The actual number is likely higher, as many killings go unreported.

In more violence Friday, gunmen killed two oil company employees in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, police said. A civilian was shot dead near his home in another attack in the same area.

Two more civilians and a policeman died in separate attacks in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad, police said.

A round of mortar shells slammed into al-Maidan square in central Baghdad, wounding 10 people and damaging shops and buildings in the area, a police officer at Rissafa police station said on condition of anonymity out of security concerns.

A roadside bomb wounded three civilians in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, police said.


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NorthRiver

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While GWB sits in his armored car down at the ranch, thinking about his failed Iraq policy.
 

Bowfinger

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Originally posted by: Lemon law
December still has two more days left. And who thinks January/07 will be better?
Especially with Hussein's execution. I really wish they'd just locked him in a dungeon for a few years until we are gone. I fear that more American troops will be paying for Hussein's death.
 

Robor

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Originally posted by: NorthRiver
While GWB sits in his armored car down at the ranch, thinking about his failed Iraq policy.
You assume too much (thinking).
 

Aimster

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The U.S military is unstoppable

Bush's real goal was to capture Saddam Hussein.
Mission Accomplished.
 

Robor

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Originally posted by: Aimster
The U.S military is unstoppable

Bush's real goal was to capture Saddam Hussein.
Mission Accomplished.
Oh it's more than that. Didn't you see? Ballots cast. Iraq is liberated.
 

Martin

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Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Aimster
The U.S military is unstoppable

Bush's real goal was to capture Saddam Hussein.
Mission Accomplished.
Oh it's more than that. Didn't you see? Ballots cast. Iraq is liberated.
Flowers thrown, bonbons eaten. All is great and happy in gumdrop lollipop land.
 

jrenz

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Not that anybody in here cares, but

...the year total of 816 as of Saturday morning, is on course to be slightly lower than last year's 846 U.S. fatalities.

The number of U.S. wounded also declined this year, from 5,947 in 2005 to 5,676 so far this year.
 

Lemon law

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To Jrenz,

Who wrote--- Well I guess achieving the impossible ranks Bush and the republicans as *the* smartest, most successful administration in the history of our country.

I ask successful at what?------if the goal was weakening the US and saddling this country and world with long terms problems almost impossible to solve---I would say by that definition---GWB did it in spades. And just a handful of hard core nutjobs acheived it while paying no attention to their readily apparent failures.

Can any remember six years back when our budget was in the black, we were respected as a shining moral force, and had a country at peace?
 

dmcowen674

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Originally posted by: Lemon law
To Jrenz,

Who wrote--- Well I guess achieving the impossible ranks Bush and the republicans as *the* smartest, most successful administration in the history of our country.

I ask successful at what?------if the goal was weakening the US and saddling this country and world with long terms problems almost impossible to solve---I would say by that definition---GWB did it in spades. And just a handful of hard core nutjobs acheived it while paying no attention to their readily apparent failures.

Can any remember six years back when our budget was in the black, we were respected as a shining moral force, and had a country at peace?
That moral force was based on blowjobs, can't have that.

Have to have hangings and stolen oil instead.
 

Lemon law

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To dmcowens674,

Who wrote---That moral force was based on blowjobs, can't have that.

Have to have hangings and stolen oil instead.

Don't be too hard on GWB---just think of all them unused frozen human eggs he saved from being experimented on as he gives them the dignity of destruction by advocating flushing them down the toilet.

And by that measure---his greatest failure is failing to save that braindead woman--Terri Shavio.

After all--is it not said that the measure of a society is the treatment of its least and most defenseless.

Or is the GWB version---that if you are a living and breathing person--he wants what you have---and does not care about your feelings as he robs or punishes you?---after all he is the omnipitent decider.
Who are we to second guess him and his successful endevors?
 

catnap1972

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Originally posted by: Martin
Originally posted by: Robor
Originally posted by: Aimster
The U.S military is unstoppable

Bush's real goal was to capture Saddam Hussein.
Mission Accomplished.
Oh it's more than that. Didn't you see? Ballots cast. Iraq is liberated.
Flowers thrown, bonbons eaten. All is great and happy in gumdrop lollipop land.
And all those stylish purple fingers! Don't forget about that! :D

Now Lil'Georgie can say "Ahm better than mah wussy daddy!"
 

jrenz

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Originally posted by: Lemon law
To Jrenz,

Who wrote--- Well I guess achieving the impossible ranks Bush and the republicans as *the* smartest, most successful administration in the history of our country.

I ask successful at what?------if the goal was weakening the US and saddling this country and world with long terms problems almost impossible to solve---I would say by that definition---GWB did it in spades. And just a handful of hard core nutjobs acheived it while paying no attention to their readily apparent failures.

Can any remember six years back when our budget was in the black, we were respected as a shining moral force, and had a country at peace?
Hey brainchild... my quote was in response to one of Dave's idiotic posts claiming that Bush was able to single handedly control oil prices worldwide... a task which is completely impossible. His response is shown below.
 

Rainsford

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Originally posted by: jrenz
Not that anybody in here cares, but

...the year total of 816 as of Saturday morning, is on course to be slightly lower than last year's 846 U.S. fatalities.

The number of U.S. wounded also declined this year, from 5,947 in 2005 to 5,676 so far this year.
Of course we care. Even one less US soldier dead or wounded is a good thing. Except the numbers are still pretty damn unimpressive. From the casualty numbers we're hardly making progress at all, no matter how many press conferences Bush calls to announce his "stay the course" strategy (and don't forget the troops in the background!). While 816 is better than 846, at this rate we're going to be losing hundreds of soldiers every year for decades.
 

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