Friday, July 20, 2007

Try to remember a time in September

Three RAF servicemen have been killed in a mortar attack on their Iraqi base, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The men died after the Contingency Operating Base in Basra came under fire yesterday.
The United States surge, the use of the American troop reinforcements to bring violence in Iraq under control, is bloodily failing across northern Iraq. That was proved again yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kirkuk killing at least 85 people and wounding a further 183.

In Baghdad, at least 44 people were killed or found dead across the city, police said. They included the bullet-riddled bodies of 25 people, apparent victims of sectarian death squads.
-- Just another day in Iraq,
July 17, 2007
Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, told Pentagon reporters that while he was not asking to delay a mid-September assessment of the new military strategy that Congress has required, it would take "at least until November" to judge with confidence whether the strategy was working.
Because it sure as shit ain't working now.


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