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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Onward Freedom's Soldiers

CapnFreedom loves to behold pearls of Freedom, and where better to find them than on PearlsBeforeSwine?

Here's one he picked up recently. Things are looking up in Iraq, Freedomlovers.

As PBS, says, "A certain testament to the march of freedom there."

Blast at Baghdad Bus Terminal Kills 7 (AP), 3/4/2006

Workers From Iraq Security Firm Kidnapped (AP) 3/8/2006

Gunmen Abduct 50 Iraqis; Bombings Kill Two By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS, Associated Press Writer 3/9/2006

10 Dead As Violence Continues in Baghdad

45 minutes ago , 3/12/2006 [accompanied by this photo anchor and text to the side: AP Photo: Wife of Amjad Hamid, left, cries during the burial of her husband, in Baghdad, Iraq,.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Bomb blasts, rocket and gunfire killed at least 10 people and injured 23 in the Iraqi capital Sunday, police said.

The low thud of mortar fire could also be heard, but it was not immediately clear where the shells were landing.

A roadside bomb exploded Sunday morning in a busy west Baghdad street, killing at least six people and inuring 12, said police Lt. There Mahmoud.

The blast targeted a police patrol in the mostly Sunni Qadissiyah neighborhood. Three policemen were among the dead and three were injured, Mahmoud said. The rest of the victims were civilian bystanders.

Another bombing near the Mustansiriyah University in east Baghdad injured five policemen, said police 1st Lt. Mohammed Khaiyoon.

Drive-by shooters fired on a car in the western Biyaqa neighborhood, killing its three occupants, including a member of President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, police 1st Lt. Muataz Salaheddin said.

Gunmen in a speeding car fired into a crowd of day laborers in Amariyah, another troubled west Baghdad neighborhood, injuring four workers, said police Lt. Thayer Mahmoud.

In the western Jamiah neighborhood, a rocket landed near a house, killing one occupant and injuring two others, police Lt. Col. Hassan Chaloob said.

March 20, 2006

Yahoo headline: Ir aq War Enters 4th Year With More Deaths

By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer 27 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - As the

Iraq war entered its fourth year, nearly 1,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers on Sunday sought to root out insurgents from farming villages an hour's drive north of the capital, and at least 35 people died in insurgent and sectarian violence nationwide.

AND…

Thousands Around Globe Call for End of War

By JOSEPH B. FRAZIER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago

PORTLAND, Ore. - Protesters marking the third anniversary of the

Iraq war made their voices heard across the world over the weekend, with the largest marches in London, Portland and Chicago, though in numbers that were often lower than in previous years.

Headline in email version on same date, from NY Times: On Anniversary, Bush and Cheney See Iraq a Success

March 21: At Least 51 Killed in Iraqi Violence

By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 16 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 51 people were killed by insurgents and shadowy sectarian gangs, police reported — continuing the wave of violence that has left more than 1,000 Iraqis dead since the bombing last month of a Shiite Muslim shrine.

As the

Iraq war entered its fourth year, police found the bodies of at least 15 more people — including that of a 13-year-old girl — dumped in and near Baghdad. The discoveries marked the latest in a string of execution-style killings that have become an almost daily event as Sunni and Shiite extremists settle scores.

Sectarian killings have swept across Iraq since the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra. An Associated Press tally, including deaths reported Monday and Tuesday, put the toll at 1,044 since the golden dome atop the Askariya shrine was left in rubble by two bombers, who are believed to remain at large.

March 24

29 Dead in Iraq; New Sweep Nets Inurgents By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer

8 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - American and Iraqi troops swept the oil-rich region of Kirkuk for suspected insurgents and captured dozens, while drive-by shootings, roadside bombings and sectarian violence killed at least 29 people in Iraq on Friday.

March 26, 2006

Wave of Violence Kills at Least 69 Iraqis

By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police found 30 more victims of the sectarian slaughter ravaging

Iraq — most of them beheaded — dumped on a village road north of Baghdad on Sunday. At least 16 other Iraqis were killed in a U.S.-backed raid in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital.

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