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Dozens killed after Baghdad lifts curfew
by UK Independent (reposted)
Monday Feb 27th, 2006 6:48 AM
Mortars slammed into crowded Baghdad neighbourhoods, killing 18 people and injuring dozens, as security measures were eased in the capital after the bombing of a revered Shia shrine and a wave of bloody sectarian violence.
At least nine others victims, including two teenage boys playing football in Baqouba, were killed in other attacks yesterday.

A 24-hour transport ban remained in effect in Baghdad and its suburbs as authorities tried to halt the violence that has claimed nearly 200 lives since the Shia Askariya shrine was destroyed in Samarra on Wednesday. But traffic restrictions were lifted in the strife-prone provinces of Diyala, Babil and Salahuddin, where the shrine was located.

At least seven mortar rounds hit in a Shia enclave of Dora, a predominantly Sunni Arab district and one of the most dangerous parts of the city. Eighteen people were reported killed and at least 45 injured.

Britain's former ambassador to Iraq, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, warned that the country was slipping into a state of low-level civil war, with the conflict pitting rival ethnic and religious groups against each other. The sectarian fighting, he said, bore a resemblance to ethnic cleansing in some parts of the country.

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by Juan Cole (reposted)
Monday Feb 27th, 2006 6:53 AM

Monday, February 27, 2006

Violence Kills 29 Despite Curfew in Iraq
British Embassy in Tehran Torched


Despite the daytime curfew, violence killed 29 in Iraq on Sunday and wounded dozens. A series of eight mortar shells slammed into Shiite neighborhoods, killing 16 persons and wounding some 45. Many women and children were among the victims. There was other violence in Baghdad, as well as in Baqubah, Hillah, Basra and elsewhere, prompting former British envoy in Iraq to characterize the country as already in a state of low-level civil war. Iraqi officials have nevertheless lifted the curfew for Monday, in part because food stocks in stores are running low and there is danger of widespread hunger if people are not allowed to restock and shop.

Angry Iranians threw Molotov cocktails at the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday. Over 1,000 students maintained that Coalition forces in Iraq were responsible for the bombing last Wednesday of the Askariyah Shrine in Samarra.

posted by Juan @ 2/27/2006 06:30:00 AM 0 comments