Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Meanwhile in Iraq

IRAQ: More than 3,700 civilians killed in October, UN reports: "Hundreds of bodies continued to appear in different areas of Baghdad, handcuffed, blindfolded and bearing signs of torture and execution-style killing," the statement said. "Many witnesses reported that perpetrators wear militia attire and even police or army uniforms."

Iraqi defence minister declares ‘state of war’: Gunmen killed a much-loved Iraqi comedian yesterday as attacks and kidnaps of senior politicians and dozens of ordinary people prompted the defence minister to declare that Iraq was now in a "state of war."

At least 36 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on: Police said they recovered 14 bodies, including three women in different areas of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad.

Iraqi civilian deaths hit record in Oct.: The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath.

"The time for more troops is past," : 2 minute video: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), “The time for more troops is past,” “We don’t want to put more troops in now. Even if we had them, that’s the wrong approach.”

Another Marine pleads guilty in Iraqi's death: Sentenced to 21 months: A 21-year-old lance corporal who joined the Marine Corps to "have adventures I could tell about" became the fourth defendant Tuesday to plead guilty to dragging an unarmed Iraqi from his home and executing him as he begged for his life.

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