Suicide Attacks Kill Over 175 In Iraq


Four suicide bombers hit a Kurdish Yazidi community in northwest Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 175 people and wounding 200 others, the Iraqi military said.

The bombs tore through communities near Qahataniya, 75 miles west of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, according to Iraq Army Capt. Mohammed Ahmed and Abdul-Rahman al-Shimiri, the top government official in the area.

The attack was the deadliest in Iraq since 215 people were killed Nov. 23 when mortar rounds and five car bombs devastated a Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. Dhakil Qassim, mayor of Sinjar, a town near where the attacks occurred, said al-Qaida in Iraq was behind the attack, citing what he said were Kurdish government intelligence reports.

In addition, 5 US soldiers killed. Iraq Energy Ministry officials abducted.

This is a couple of hours old, but the best I can find right now:

Three suicide truck bombers targeted members of an ancient religious sect in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, while the crash of an American transport helicopter near an air base in Anbar killed five U.S. servicemembers.

Four more U.S. soldiers were reported killed in separate attacks — three in an explosion near their vehicle Monday in the northwestern Ninevah province and another who was died of wounds from combat in western Baghdad. In a separate attack, a fourth suicide truck bomber struck a strategic bridge on the main highway linking Baghdad with the northern city of Mosul, killing at least 10, police said. The span was bombed three months ago and only one lane had reopened, according to the police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
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    The attack was in an area populated by Yazidis (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by bronte17 on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 12:11:08 AM EST
    If you recall, this was the group that stoned that young woman to death and the video was seen around the world... recorded by men standing right next to her... recording her death with their cell phones.

    In other ongoing chaos in Iraq: a bridge connecting Mosel with Baghdad was destroyed.  100 men in Iraqi Army uniforms kidnapped several senior Iraqi Oil Ministry officials. One was al-Wagaa, a Sunni from Baiji where Iraq's oil refining is concentrated. But, two of kidnapped were Shiites, so this wasn't sectarian. And, the official lunch that Talibani's aide said was an "icebreaker" was "only an invitation to lunch" and no negotiations were discussed according to a leader of the largest Sunni bloc.

    You are putting all these facts out there (none / 0) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 01:09:26 PM EST
    just so people won't notice how wonderful Al Anbar province is and how much we are winning.  You cynic ;)  You have no patience, you are short on virtues ;)  That's okay though because so are military wives with children, sort of short on sanity too.  For punishment we will probably be docked on our flag ration.  

    George's War... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by desertswine on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 10:03:15 AM EST
    U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD:  3687

    Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 12

    Total 3699

    500+ Dead Iraqis (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Aaron on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 07:12:03 PM EST
    CNN is now reporting 500+ dead Iraqis in these bombings.

    The deadliest day in Iraq since the invasion.

    Obviously the surge is working.

    Aaron (1.00 / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 01:10:52 PM EST
    Obviously we have Iraqis, and probably some foreign terrorits, killing Iraqis.

    Just wait until we surrender and leave.


    It is hard to know which is worse, (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Aug 16, 2007 at 09:27:03 AM EST
    that there is a more peaceful atmosphere in Al Anbar and that fact will be used to promote militarily staying in Iraq or that chaos and genocide have been unleashed in the North and that fact will be used to promote militarily staying in Iraq ;(  And no REAL SOLUTIONS IN SIGHT AS WELL AS NO END IN SIGHT while people with guns once again for the umpteenth world history failing time have a goal of using that force to create an environment where a gun isn't needed.

    you thought people cared about Iraq? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Miss Devore on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 08:39:27 PM EST
    were you not informed that Aquisitions & Mergers of Blearghs are the topic?

    You are slipping worse than Tonya Harding.

    Is this ppj or devo? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Sailor on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 10:46:35 PM EST
    or maybe 'they' are just gender confused!? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Do you have a comment on the topic or just personal attacks on BTD?

    p.s. 175+ iraqis died today. 9+ American soldiers died in the last 2 days.

    I think that's wrong. What do you think?


    not a personal attack (none / 0) (#3)
    by Miss Devore on Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:18:51 PM EST
    just commenting on the state of the blogs these days.

    just think it is telling that btd gets no dialogue on Iraq today, here, and overall, the blogs are glued to themselves this week. all wanting to nurse on the yk2 teat, etc.

    i suspect btd understands where my comment is coming from. which would be exactly the opposite of your suspicions.


    I do (none / 0) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 10:41:38 AM EST
    And you are right.

    my apologies (none / 0) (#7)
    by Sailor on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 12:59:04 PM EST
    I completely misinterpreted it.

    Your apology (none / 0) (#9)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 07:02:06 PM EST
    should be directed to Miss Devore.

    Believe me, when she attacks me personally, a frequent occurrence, she is pretty clear about it.


    Actually it was for Miss Devore ... (none / 0) (#11)
    by Sailor on Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 07:21:33 PM EST
    ... and I apologize again for not making that clear when I responded to your post.