Posted by Frank's Father on August 03, 2006 at 06:01:50:
Whashup again everybody?
For the pro-war people who pollute this place read this:
Iraqis support Hezbollah; blast kills 9 By RAWYA RAGEH, Associated Press Writer
25 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of followers of a radical Shiite cleric left a southern Iraqi city on Thursday to join a rally in the capital condemning Israeli attacks on Lebanon, while at least nine people were killed by a bombing in the capital.
Also, 13 people were killed or found dead in the latest sectarian violence.
The bomb was strapped to a motorcycle when it exploded in the center of Baghdad. In addition to the nine dead, 21 people were injured.
The attack near Rusafi Square in the Rashid Street shopping area apparently targeted vendors and commercial stalls, said police Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Ali. He said the bomb was hidden on a parked motorcycle.
The attack occurred as Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso was visiting Baghdad.
Muqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand anti-U.S. cleric who commands a large militia, has called on his followers from around the country to congregate in Baghdad on Friday after the weekly prayers. The rally, scheduled to be held in the Shiite slum of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, will show support for the Shiite Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah in its fight against Israel.
Some 20 buses, accompanied by police vehicles, left from the southern city of Basra, carrying young men, mostly unarmed members of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Many were draped in the white shrouds that Muslims use to wrap their dead — a symbol of their willingness to die for Lebanon.
The buses were plastered with pictures of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who has assumed a hero status in the Arab world. The men waved the yellow flags of Hezbollah and carried banners that read "Here we are Lebanon."
Al-Sadr is one of the most influential Shiite leaders in Iraq. His Sadr Movement party is the second biggest component of the Shiite alliance in Iraq's unity government, which includes Sunnis and Kurds.
Shiites were long suppressed during Saddam Hussein's Sunni-majority government. The rivalry between Shiites and Sunnis has now turned into an almost daily cycle of sectarian clashes, bombings, assassinations and mortar attacks on each other's neighborhoods.
On Thursday, gunmen shot to death four people in separate incidents in Baghdad, Amarrah, Mosul and Basra, police said. The bodies of nine men were also found floating in the Tigris River, police and morgue officials said. At least two bodies had been blindfolded, bound and shot.
Meanwhile, a confidential report from Britain's outgoing ambassador to Iraq, William Patey, has warned that the country is sliding toward civil war and is likely to divide eventually along ethnic lines, according to a British Broadcasting Corp. report Thursday.
Patey sent the memo to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett and other leading legislators and military commanders, BBC reported.
It said Patey also warned that to avoid a descent into civil war, there must be greater effort directed at policing militia groups, including al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, which he said could develop into "a state within a state," as Hezbollah has done in Lebanon.
The Iraqi government got some good news Thursday when Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso arrived bearing a loan of $29 millionto jump-start Iraq's economic development.
Aso, who is the first Japanese minister to visit the Iraqi capital since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, said his country will continue to support Iraq's reconstruction despite withdrawing its humanitarian troops.
"The Japanese government will continue to support the Iraqis in the reconstruction. Our support has entered the second phase," Aso told reporters at a news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
On Wednesday, sectarian and political violence claimed at least 53 lives, including 11 young soccer players and spectators who died when two bombs exploded in a field in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. More than 70 people were killed on Tuesday.
The surge in sectarian violence has prompted the U.S. command to send at least 3,700 American soldiers from the northern city of Mosul to reclaim the capital's streets from Sunni insurgents, Shiite militias, rogue police, criminals and freelance gunmen.
U.S. officials have been pressing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, to disband the Shiite militias and make overtures to Sunni insurgent groups.
However, the militias draw strength from the disorder they help create because many Iraqis are losing confidence in the police and army — preferring to rely on gunmen from their own sect for protection.
-Interesting isn't it? Hey PALS, not only the removal of Saddam brought none other than murder and mayhem in Iraq but it is also creating a major muslim alliance against Isreal and the West.
Can you smell it now halfwits? It's the horrid smell of FAILURE.
And I remind you that Hezbollah was DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED. The "same" democracy your dumbster smelling president seems to be so fond about.
I think that Bush and his broad Condolezza should stop humiliating themselves and start getting honest about all this mess.
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