RE: Iraq: Meltdown
Sure Botnst. Everybody is in such a quandry over whether murder is murder. I'm not having much of a problem myself, because I have this odd opinion that when you make up excuses to make war on a nation, and use military weapons on essentially defenseless civilian population centers against a nation that neither attacked you and presented no threat, than that constitutes the same war crimes we found the Nazis guilty off. If that is the company you wish to keep, well, seig fucking heil.
Car bomb kills 4 at Baghdad restaurant
Aide to Iraqi prime minister's office dies in drive-by shooting
Monday, May 23, 2005 Posted: 9:50 AM EDT (1350 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded Monday outside a popular Baghdad restaurant, killing four Iraqis and wounding more than 110 others, an Iraqi emergency police official said.
The lunchtime blast caused major structural damage to the Habyibna restaurant and destroyed 16 cars in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood outside the capital's Sadr City, police said.
The official said that police suspect sectarian violence because most of the restaurant patrons were followers of militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Earlier Monday, gunmen killed an adviser to the office of Iraqi transitional Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in central Baghdad, authorities said.
The adviser, Maj. Gen. Wael al-Rubaie, and his driver died in a drive-by shooting on a main thoroughfare, police said.
The Iraqi Ministry of State for National Security Affairs said al-Rubaie was "assassinated by the treacherous and criminal hand of terrorism while on his way to work."
Another high-ranking Iraqi government official died Sunday in a drive-by shooting.
Ali Mossa Selman, director general of the Trade Ministry's Commercial and Financial Control Department, was en route to work when attackers opened fire on his car in western Baghdad, police said.
The assassins also killed Selman's driver, police said.
Al-Sadr joins peace coalition
Al-Sadr has joined with other Shiite and Sunni Muslim representatives to search for a way to end sectarian violence in Iraq, an official with Sadr's office said Monday.
Sheikh Abd al-Hadi Darraji said that al-Sadr has spoken with Muslim Scholars Association leader Sheikh Harith al-Dhari and Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution chairman Sayyid Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim.
The three leaders agreed to form councils representing their parties to search for a peaceful solution and to discuss accusations of tit-for-tat killings traded between the Sunni and Shiite parties.
Darraji said the first meeting would take place in the next few days.
Four prominent Sunni imams have been assassinated and a number of imams have been arrested in recent days, which has prompted a three-day Sunni mosque strike that is set to end Monday evening.
Sheik Abd al-Ghaffour al-Samaraie, a member of the Muslim Scholars Association and head of the Sunni Endowment, said that the Iraqi government has released "a significant number" of the imams.The Sunnis are a minority group in Iraq that held power under ousted leader Saddam Hussein. Most stayed away from polling places during the January 30 election. Much of the insurgency is taking place in the so-called Sunni Triangle, west of Baghdad.
The majority-Shiite United Iraqi Alliance and the Kurdish Alliance respectively placed first and second in the election. After months of negotiations, however, several available minister posts have been given to Sunnis.
In an attempt to limit insurgent activity, U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces launched Operation Squeeze Play on Sunday in western Baghdad, detaining a number of suspected terrorists, a U.S. military statement said. The suspects face questioning, the statement said.
A trio of suicide bombers targeted a U.S.-led coalition base Monday in Samarra, north of Baghdad, wounding three American soldiers, an Army spokesman said. Maj. Richard Goldenberg said two car bombs exploded at the perimeter of the base, killing the drivers.
A suicide car bomber killed five members of security team traveling with the convoy of a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan official on Monday, police said. Eight civilians were wounded in the attack near the city of Tuz Khurmatu, about 20 miles (30 km) south of Kirkuk, police said.
On Sunday, two insurgent attacks on U.S. forces in the northern city of Mosul killed three soldiers and wounded a fourth, the military said. Another U.S. soldier died Sunday when a car bomb exploded near an Army patrol north of the north-central city of Tikrit, the military said. Since the start of the war in 2003, 1,635 U.S. troops have died in Iraq.
Three Romanian journalists and their Iraqi-American translator were freed after nearly two months in captivity, a spokesman for Romania's president said Sunday. The four are safe and healthy, the spokesman said. Journalists Marie Jeanne Ion, Sorin Miscoci and Ovidiu Ohanesian and Iraqi-American translator Mohamad Munafhad were kidnapped March 28. Details were unavailable about how the four were freed. They joined Romanian authorities Sunday and would be brought back to Romania, the spokesman said. (Full story)
CNN's Enes Dulami, Kevin Flower and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
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