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Roundup Of Violence In Iraq

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:29 PM MST


Photo- HuffPo

The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported.

BAGHDAD

- Around mid-day on Monday, police were ambushed responding to a call telling them that two mini buses had been taken by gunmen from Bab Al-Muadham to Fadhil area( east Baghdad). In the ensuing clash three policemen were killed and seven injured.

- At 2pm, a car bomb exploded near the Ghailani mosque, one of the loliest shrines for Sunni in Baghdad. At least 22 people were killed and 30 injured.

- Around 3 pm, a roadside bomb exploded near the Adila Khatoon mosque killing two and injuring five.

DIYALA ( 66 km north of Baghdad)

- Early in the day, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol at Ameen neighborhood north of Baquba, killing a police officer.

- Before mid-day, a squad of the fifth division of the Iraqi army raided a site in Shaqraq village north of Muqdadiya ( 45 km north east of Baghdad) killing four terrorists. They seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition.

- After mid-day, police patrol found two dead bodies in Doura neighborhood north Baquba. The corpses had bullet wounds in their heads and chests and signs of torture.

- Around 1 pm, gunmen killed one civilian and injured three when they opened fire on them at Saisabana village on the Baquba-Balad Rouz highway east of Baghdad.

- Around mid-day, an armed group opened fire randomly at Barawana village in Muqdadiya ( 45 km north east Baghdad) killing one civilian and injuring three.

SALAHUDDIN (175 km north of Baghdad)

- Sunday night, gunmen kidnapped 40 people on the Baghdad-Tikrit highway south of Samara (110 km north of Baghdad). All were from the Jibour and Shimar tribes whose members have formed a council of tribes to drive out terrorists.

KIRKUK ( 255 km north of Baghdad)

- Around 9 pm Sunday, a roadside bomb exploded when a police patrol passed through Awashra village on the main road of Hawija –Fatha ( west of Kirkuk. Three policemen were injured.

- At 5 am Monday, joint forces raided Sufra village near Kirkuk –Biji route (west Kirkuk) and took four into custody.

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Posted by Anthony @ 23:26 BST

Michael Roston
Raw Story
Published: Monday May 28, 2007


A top aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove has ‘cleared out her office,’ according to a report in Monday’s Washington Post. Sara Taylor, Rove’s top lieutenant, has seen her name brought up in recent months in Congressional hearings relating to the firing of 8 US Attorneys.

“Taylor, 32, was one of the first people put on the payroll of the Bush campaign,” writes Michael Fletcher in the new ‘At the White House’ column. “Taylor cleared out her office early last week. She plans to take her skills to the private sector.”

Taylor is described by Fletcher as skilled in ‘microtargeting,’ the practice of identifying voting constituencies at their most elemental levels. She has also come up as a potential target for a subpoena from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, as RAW STORY has earlier reported.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Teardrop On The Fire

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:03 PM MST

When I first saw this video about a year ago, the death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq was approximately 2,500.

The May death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq is 103 bringing a total of at least 3,455 according to Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

It’s long overdue, that we, as Americans stand up and demand an end to this war!


Not Just a Number (Song- Massive Attack- Teardrop)

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Driving Those Gas-Guzzlers On Memorial Day

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:16 PM MST

It’s Memorial Day in America / Everybody’s on the road / Let’s remember our fallen heroes / Y’all be sure and drive slow

– James McMurtry, “Memorial Day”

Gas prices are at all-time highs, yet more drivers — 38 million total — are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.

Why? The folks at AAA (the American Automobile Association) say it’s “America’s love for the motorist and love for the car.”

That’s spin to make you think there’s nothing that can be done to break our dependency on oil.

People still drive with high gas prices because they have no choice! Not out of blind love for a vehicle.

We don’t have policies to provide accessible, affordable alternative fuels and mass transit options.

People need to get to work, see their families and friends, and relax on vacations. The only choice we have is to drive with fossil fuels or be hermits.

That’s why we’re oil dependent, so dependent that it almost doesn’t matter how high prices go. People are compensating in other ways, vacationing closer to home and staying in cheaper accommodations.

As I’m driving on Memorial Day, I’ll be thinking about the honorable men and women who have given their lives in service to their country, regardless of the quality of their civilian leadership. And I’ll be thinking about the fossil fuel that I’m presently powerless to stop burning.

And then I’ll think about how those two thoughts might be related.

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Asylum Street Spankers- Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV

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Why are we Here? (A Soldier in Iraq Asks)

Posted by Basheert @ 9:01 AM MST

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought you’d all like to read this. His email is attached and I sent him a response thanking him for his sacrifice. Although I have no idea yet, why he is there.

Happy Safe Memorial Day Friends – and hopefully the same to Donald.


WHY?

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The Monica Problem…

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:33 AM MST


Political Air: Former Justice Department White House Liaison Monica Goodling (right) secured immunity from prosecution by testifying about the 2006 firings of eight U.S. attorneys for which many lawmakers are pressuring that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (left with President Bush) be fired.

Gonzales, the president’s lawyer and Texas buddy, is twisting slowly in the wind, facing a vote of no confidence from the Senate.

June 4, 2007 issue – The United States Department of Justice has not always been above politics. John F. Kennedy, after all, appointed his brother and consigliere Robert to be attorney general. But the Justice Department is supposed to stand for the rule of law—to be the enforcer of the laws of the United States, not the place presidents go to get around the law. Independence is an important tradition in the columned limestone building on Constitution Avenue. It is worth remembering that before Richard Nixon could find someone at the Justice Department willing to fire the Watergate special prosecutor in 1973, he had to accept the resignations of the attorney general, Elliot Richardson, and the deputy attorney general, William Ruckelshaus. (Solicitor General Robert Bork finally did the deed.)

So consider these scenes from March 2004, described by two former top Justice officials who, like other ex-officials interviewed by NEWSWEEK, did not wish to be identified discussing sensitive internal matters. Attorney General John Ashcroft is really sick. About to give a press conference in Virginia, he is stricken with pain so severe he has to lie down on the floor. Taken to the hospital for an emergency gallbladder operation, he hallucinates under medication as he lies, near death, in intensive care. On the night after his operation, he has two visitors: White House chief of staff Andrew Card and presidential counsel Alberto Gonzales. As described in public testimony, they want Ashcroft to sign a document authorizing the government’s top-secret eavesdropping program to go on. The attorney general, who thinks the program is illegal, refuses.

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Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran

Posted by Anthony @ 15:37 BST

Tim Shipman
London Telegraph
Sunday May 27, 2007

President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert “black” operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed.

Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.
Under the plan, pressure will be brought to bear on the Iranian economy by manipulating the country’s currency and international financial transactions.

Details have also emerged of a covert scheme to sabotage the Iranian nuclear programme, which United Nations nuclear watchdogs said last week could lead to a bomb within three years.

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