Thursday, November 24, 2005

War News for Thursday, November 24, 2005 Bring 'em on: gunmen blocked the road leading to the Iraqi Communist Party's branch office in the mostly Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad just after the party began its election campaign, the party said in a statement. The unidentified men broke into the party building and killed two activists in the reception area, it added Bring 'em on: Three women were wounded when a mortar round fell on their house in al-Salihiya district in central Baghdad, police said. Bring 'em on: Police said two civilians were hurt by a roadside bomb targeted at an Iraqi army convoy in al-Tayaraan in central Baghdad. Bring 'em on: Two policemen and a teenage boy were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a police patrol in southwestern Baghdad, a police source said. Bring 'em on: Three Polish soldiers and an Iraqi child have been lightly injured after a bomb went off near the Echo base in Iraq. Bring 'em on: A suicide car bomber targeting U.S. troops handing out toys to children at a hospital in central Iraq killed 30 people Thursday, including four police guards, three women and two children, officials said. Bring 'em on: Tree American soldiers from Task Force Baghdad died of gunshot wounds Wednesday in Baghdad, and a fourth died of wounds sustained Wednesday from a roadside bomb in Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad, an0other statement said. Bring 'em on: A former senior traffic police officer who was killed by gunmen on Wednesday in the Yarmouk district of southwestern Baghdad was also an adviser for the Interior Ministry, a ministry source said. Bring 'em on: One Iraqi soldier was killed and two were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb placed on the side of the road went off near their patrol in Khalidiya near Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said. In the aftermath of the attack, the Iraqi army conducted a raid and seized six suspects. Bring 'em on: One policeman was killed and two others were wounded when gunmen attacked them in western Baghdad, medical sources said. Bring 'em on: Gunmen shot dead an official in the city council in Tikrit, police said. Bring 'em on: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Bring 'em on: Four bodies were found strangled and shot in the town of Yusifiya, 20 km (12 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. Bring 'em on: The motorcade of the minister of industry was attacked by gunmen. Three of his bodyguards were killed and one civilian wounded, police said. The minister was not in the motorcade during the attack. Bring 'em on: A suicide car bomber attacked a crowded market in Hilla, south of Baghdad, on Thursday, police said. Conflicting police reports put the death toll initially at up to 14, but later at up to four. Commentary: Report drops Fallujah bombshell: "Given that the US and UK went into Iraq on the ground that Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons against his own people, we need to make sure that we are not violating the laws that we have subscribed to." Although WP is classified as a conventional not a chemical weapon, its effects are chemical as well as merely thermal. The choking white smoke it produces is highly toxic, and causes severe burns internally and externally to anyone caught in its path. Uzbekistan: No More Help on Afghanistan: Uzbekistan has told NATO allies they can no longer use its territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in neighboring Afghanistan, an official of the alliance said Wednesday. Merkel says Germany won't join NATO training in Iraq: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that her new government would not join NATO's training of Iraqi military officers inside Iraq. Opposition suspects CIA planes landed in Portugal: Portugal's left-wing opposition asked the government on Wednesday to explain a news report suggesting that CIA airplanes had used airports in Portugal to transport Islamic militant suspects. Portuguese weekly magazine Focus published pictures on Wednesday of several airplanes at Portuguese airports this year. It said they were planes used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and could have been carrying militant suspects. CIA Planes in Canada: There is plenty of evidence in the news of illegal (under international and non-US laws) CIA operations. The European Commission JUST ANNOUNCED (Nov. 21) it will draft a letter to the CIA asking for clarification of the CIA's use of EU airports. The CIA denies it has engaged in the practice of rendition, kidnapping people in foreign countries and transporting to countries like Egypt where they can be questioned with torture. There are also reports the CIA maintains prisons and jails on European soil, especially in Eastern European countries that are seeking to join the EU. The EU strongly warned against such jails. The Netherlands has warned Washington that if it continued to "hide" over reports of secret prisons in eastern Europe, Dutch contributions to US-led military missions could be affected, the ANP news agency has reported. Casuality Reports: Army Staff Sgt. Mike Barrera suffered five gunshot wounds Nov. 19 in Mosul Spc. Levi DiFranza of Melrose remembers falling - slowly and endlessly falling - as a bullet from an Iraqi sniper pierced his helmet and then his skull during a firefight in a suburb of Ramadi. John Wilson Dearing, 21, of Hazel Park died in Iraq when his Humvee drove over a land mine, military officials told family members.


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