Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Meanwhile in Iraq

Street Battles in Baghdad; 75 Bodies Found; On Monday running street battles erupted in several districts of Baghdad between guerrillas and Iraqi police.

At least 53 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation: Health Ministry spokesman, Qassem Abdul Hadi, said the dead included a six-month-old infant, while up to 50 had been wounded and were being treated at the local Imam Ali Hospital.

Scores of bodies found in Iraq : Nearly 1,500 Iraqis have been reported killed during November

Three killed in U.S. attack on Sadr City as Annan says US ”trapped” : American occupation troops and Iraqi forces raided Baghdad's Sadr City section on Tuesday, killing a young boy and two other people, police said. A Shiite legislator told reporters outside a hospital morgue that Iraq's government should be condemned for allowing such attacks.

In case you missed it; ‘The Salvador Option’: The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq

New Survey: Iraqis Want a Speedy U.S. Exit -- and Back Attacks on Our Forces : A new poll in Iraq makes it more stark than ever: the Iraqi people want the U.S. to exit their country. And most Iraqis now approve of attacks on U.S. forces, even though 94% express disapproval of al-Qaeda.

Pentagon considers "short-term" increase in Iraq troop levels: Pentagon officials conducting a review of Iraq strategy are considering a substantial but temporary increase in American troop levels and the addition of several thousand more trainers to work with Iraqi forces, a senior Defense Department official said.

The Story Behind The Iraq Study Group: "We were up in Tikrit and went to a hospital, and it was guarded with guns and security to the point they were pushing weapons into women's faces," Wolf said. "I saw we can't be successful if we're going into an operating room with pistols and weapons."

Two professors killed in Iraq: Education in Iraqi universities is all but crumbled due to sectarian strife, security and political vacuum after three and a half years of U.S.-led occupation. Media reports suggested that thousands of Iraqi high-profile professionals have left the country recently.

Military Officers Say Efforts to Train Iraqi Forces "Rife With Problems:"
The US military's effort to train Iraqi forces has been rife with problems, from officers being sent in with poor preparation to a lack of basic necessities such as interpreters and office materials, according to internal Army documents. The shortcomings have plagued a program that is central to the US strategy in Iraq and is growing in importance.

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