Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Violent Baghdad deaths top 6,000

The bodies of 6,000 people, most of whom died violently, have been received by Baghdad's main mortuary so far this year, health ministry figures show.

The number has risen every month, to 1,400 in May. The majority are believed to be victims of sectarian killings.

But observers say the real death toll could be much higher.

Meanwhile police said nine severed heads were found near Baquba to the north of Baghdad - days after a similar discovery there...

The 2006 death toll at the Baghdad mortuary appeared in two local newspapers and was confirmed to the BBC by officials who asked to remain anonymous because the issue is so sensitive.

One reason for the sensitivity is that government officials fear more detailed information on these killings could further enflame sectarian tensions, the BBC's Andrew North in Baghdad says.

Iraqi security forces and US soldiers near box with severed heads found on Tuesday
Tuesday's gruesome find followed a similar discovery on Saturday

But no-one believes these are the true figures from the violence in and around Baghdad as many bodies are not taken to the morgue, or are never found, he adds.

The nine severed heads had been wrapped in plastic bags and left in a fruit box by the side of a road near Baquba, 60km (35 miles) north-east of Baghdad, police said.

But there is no civil war in Iraq, according to Bush.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger Frederick said...

I see we've stepped up our importation of American Democracy by giving the populace pirited copies of Seven. I hope Brad Pitt's proud.

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

Freedom on the march, just document the killings

*BASRA - A car bomb in the southern city of Basra killed at least 28 people and wounded 62, police said. Police sources said the bomb exploded near a market in the centre of the city.

BAGHDAD - A Russian embassy employee was killed in Baghdad and four others kidnapped, Russia's Foreign Ministry and police in the capital said.

BAGHDAD - Police found 22 bodies in different parts of Baghdad with bullet wounds and signs of torture, police said.

BAQUBA - Six policemen were killed and two wounded when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in central Baquba 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead a civilian in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR BAQUBA - Police said they found eight severed heads by the side of a road near Baquba. Documents at the scene indicated that one of them belonged to Sunni preacher Abdulazeez Hameed al-Mashhadani of a mosque in Tarmiya 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in central Baghdad, wounding two civilians, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed three people in an automobile spare parts shop in Baquba, police said.

KIRKUK - Police found the body of a woman beside a highway northwest of Kirkuk.

And that's just a Sunday morning in Iraq. But as the neocon apologists tell us, it's no worse than life in DC, right?

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Maybe nutjob Bush could understand if we called it a very uncivil civil war or the big fat blow out he caused. I have simply run out of names to call our Prez.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Pekka said...

OK people, I call the time out! Lets stop and think what kinds of events are happening to enable us to call the mess in Iraq as a civil war.

The total break down of law and order is a fact and, instead of improving, it's worsening. Even the garden variety robberies and murders are, without a political angle, at all time record.

The infrastructure is semi or permanently wiped out or non functioning. Under these circumstances, there is no way to build them back or fix them.

The country is occupied by a foreign power which has diminshed in the stature to just another armed militia group with next to zero backing by the civilians.

The country has a government without any real power to act as a viable and functioning government. Not even as a functioning city council of Bagdadh. The prime minister, such as he is, is looking to the East, Iran, to get his inspiration, and getting it.

Regardles of who the eventual winner/s are, one thing is of the utmost importance; you can't align yourself with the U.S. or even give an impression of having good relations with her.

The secterian armies with up to 50,000 troops are the fact, and they are strictly formed along the ethnic and religious lines. This is happening for the purpose of fighting to fill the power vacuum left by ousting of Saddam, the last fellow who had any kind of handle of Iraq.

The police and official government army is poorly trained, demoralized, non commited, and desperate men who, in order to feed their families, took the job. At the sign of any trouble, why would they stay and fight for something they don't believe in the first place?

Killings, again along the ethnic lines, are ingreasing and there is no concievable way to put this Genie back into the Bottle. All those thousands upon thousands of Iraqis, who have been killed, have their relatives and friends to keep up with the regional custom to take care of a revenge, the nastiest sort of dripple effect imaginable.

Nobody has the clear upper hand right now and it will not be the U.S. at any rate. There will propably be three seperate states when the dust settles down and the blood stops running but it will take a long, long time. This is not under the U.S. control and it's doubtful if it ever was. To stay there would be the dumbest option.

The question is now, what are the people of America going to do about this damn insanity? Maybe the Vietnam era mass protests should be excercised with a vigour and repeated all over the U.S. to get the politicians to finally understand that; "YOU ARE MAD AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!"

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Pekka's post is quite good.

Nobody is counting the bodies anymore. During the Vietnam war, you received on the news, a body count.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger glenda said...

It's disgusting, the worst kind of immorality.

Pekka, I would add that the country is brokem down into tribal power groups, all intent to get rid of the others, with Kurds probably to be targeted for extermination first, and oil as the prize.

Eral, Good count, haven't seen that breaksdwon.

hey, peacechick Mary, Fred and renegade eye.

The question pekka raises is a good one. Concrete action. Besides protesting, there are the fall elections. We need to get out the vote, make sure he vote is counted honestly and take back the hosue and senate.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Tai said...

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At 8:15 PM, Blogger Tai said...

Wasn't it Bush that thought the Taliban was a rock band?


And lets not forget about the Rwanda denial.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

I'll never look at a fruit box the same again. Remember that old Josh White song 'Strange Fruit'..."strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees"...about lynchings in the South? Strange fruit boxes, I guess, in Iraq. That photo freaks me out. Looks like they're out shopping.

At 12:47 AM, Blogger sumo said...

I remember the news during Viet Nam and what it showed the public. We aren't getting the same show. We get shown the aftermath of a road side bomb etc. We do not get shown American soldiers on the ground dead or alive. We get that on HBO. But our own soldier carnage we do not see. Why? Obviously they must know that would inflame the public's opinion if they were to see reality. Like we saw nearly every night at dinner time on TV during Viet Nam. Because TV is capable of greater things in filming now...the pictures would be even better. The press has effectively been neutered in that arena.

At 5:15 AM, Blogger That Damned Jezebel said...

Good thoughts, Pekka, and all. I just don't know what to say on it anymore.

What a world. Dare I say that we don't much deserve to inhabit it for the most part.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger glenda said...

I usually have to take a day off from gore and mayhem, myself, after thinking about how screwed up this country has become.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Ashcroft would seriously object to that statue. I see a nipple.

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