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Sun Nov 26 2006 (Updated 11/27/06) More than 200 dead in Baghdad’s deadliest day of bombings
Thu Oct 12 2006 (Updated 10/16/06) Between 420,000 and 790,000 Iraqis Killed Since US Invasion
PDF of Johns Hopkins study
Fri Aug 18 2006 (Updated 08/21/06) Vigils Held on What Would Have Been Murdered Iraqi's 15th Birthday
Sat Jul 22 2006 (Updated 08/19/06) Iraqis Stand With Lebanon
has spoken out against Israeli agression. Juan Cole writes that Sistani is extremely anxious that the Lebanon war will send Shiite Iraq spinning out of control and lead to a major confrontation between Iraqi Shiites and the US and British troops Previous Statement By Sistani On the US and the Palestinians
On July 16th, Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq's U.S.-backed parliament stood united in their condemnation of Israel's destruction of Lebanon. President of the Iraqi National Assembly Mahmoud al-Mashhadani spoke out against the US at a UN-sponsored conference on transitional justice and reconciliation in Baghdad on July 22nd. In addition to denouncing US backed attacks on Lebanon he states "Just get your hands off Iraq and the Iraqi people and Muslim countries, and everything will be all right,...What has been done in Iraq is a kind of butchery of the Iraqi people." Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is urging Sunnis and Shiites to unite so that Muslims can defeat Israel.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the US on July 26th and addressed Congress. Sadr as well as the Fadhila party, which is part of al-Maliki's Shiite alliance, had urged him to cancel his visit in protest over US support for the attacks on Lebanon. “Fadhila demands that the prime minister cancel his visit to the U.S. in solidarity with the Lebanese people and over what is going on there, the disasters due to the Zionist aggression amid international silence about these crimes,” party official Sheik Sabah al-Saiedi told The Associated Press.
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Turkey is explicitly citing Israel's unrestrained move into Lebanon as a precedent to move into Kurdistan. Turkey's Hezbollah is the Kurdish Workers Party (PPK) and Turkish forces have had running gun battles with their long-time foe in recent weeks.
Sun Jul 9 2006 Violence pushes Iraq closer to all out civil war
stopped cars in western Baghdad and grabbed people off the streets, singling out the Sunni Arabs among them and killing at least 41". Later, at least 25 people died when two car bombs exploded near a Shia mosque in the capital.
Baghdad's central morgue received 1,595 bodies in June 2006 alone. According to the morgue assistant manager, most of the bodies had gunshot wounds to the head, a common feature of sectarian, execution-style killings. The recent upsurge in sectarian violence in Iraq has raised fears of a civil war, with many Sunni Arabs saying that government-backed Shia militias are behind at least some of the attacks.
Sun Jul 9 2006 (Updated 07/11/06) Rape and Murder In Iraq
pressed for a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi law.
Sun Jul 9 2006 Zarqawi
Two F-16s bombed the house, then Iraqi and US troops were sent in to comb the site. Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki announced the news at a press conference"
To at least one reporter, "the manner in which Zarqawi died confirms the belief that his military and political importance was always deliberately exaggerated by the US. He was a wholly obscure figure until he was denounced by US Secretary of State Colin Powell before the US Security Council on 5 February 2003. Mr Powell identified Zarqawi as the link between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein though no evidence for this was ever produced."