Bombs rock central Baghdad


At least 19 people have been killed in a series of apparently co-ordinated explosions in central Baghdad.
The first bomb appeared to have been packed into an ambulance, which exploded as it entered the gates of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Four other bombs exploded in the city within an hour, with police stations being the targets.

One report from the Associated Press said as many as 37 people may have been killed.

The blasts came on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Looks like the Iraqi resistance were waiting for Ramadan after all :?
Ambulance bombs...what a world this is...

Wrt the attack on Paul Wolfowitz's hotel yesterday, did anyone else see the pix of police examining what looked like a roadworks compressor? If it was the sort of trailer with an adjustable leg under the towbar, not a bad way of elevating it... Aren't they getting a bit good?
When all is said and done what did they expect from the remnants of a regime that had been in power for decades, and had waged war for many years too. Then you add to that the US threat to build an oil pipeline to Israel, of all places, and bypass Turkey and others.

This was always going to be a hard fought peace for the military, pity the politicians took all the decisions.
see in the most recent soldier magazine and the telegraph that the yanks have revealed the true cost in injured personnel in 'post war Iraq', as of beginning of Oct:
6000 personnel evacuated for medical reasons which include 1500 wounded, many seriously.
105 combat deaths
97 non combat deaths which include suicides.

God bless America, cos nobody else will.
With Ramadan, both the yanks and the Brits can expect a lot of shit, this is the perfect time for the religious leaders to start all the " western infidel in our land " crap.

Pass the kevlar and pull up a sandbag...!
Correction to above - it was a generator trailer containing a bunch of katyushas.
Yep, saw it on the news last night.

Now, who else uses rockets inside innocuous looking launchers?

I wonder if the wee boys have been exporting their know how again?
I was talking to someone who travels in America frequently, who was saying how the Americans nned to be loved by the world ingeneral, and how they have no idea how the rest of the world thinks or operates, and finds it bewildering when they are met with such hostility.

Although Brits are much much more aware and used to other nations and cultures, which proves a strength time and again....................I wonder if we overestimate how much we understand the Arabic sensitivities, and maybe that explains why we don't understand their resentment of Westerners being in their country.

How would Protestants have felt if Saudi had entered Ulster to overthrow the IRA, reduced the quality of life in doing so, and then stayed in huge numbers to fight renegade terrorists? Bringing their Muslim clerics and travelling Mosques with them?

Sound familiar?!

We absolutely should not leave Iraq, it would be a bloodbath if we did (did anyone see the programme on the TV about the competition building up between Qom, holy city in Iran, and Najaf, holy city in Iraq?), but we must remember we are aliens to these people, who are uncomfortable that it was us who liberated them. It does not mean that they are not grateful, but they are angry that it was not one of their own who didn't liberate them.

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