Sunday, February 18, 2007

Militants Strike Back With 69 Dead and 129 Injured In Car Bomb Attacks

Iraqi militants are striking back against the U.S. led crackdown that has been going on in Baghdad this past week with a Sunday car- bombing spree that left 63 people dead, mostly in Shiite sections. This is where it will start to get very ugly once again for the U.S. troops patrolling these streets since they are not, even after all these years, trained for this kind of warfare.             SEE BELOW

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The first blast tore through a produce market in the mostly Shiite area of New Baghdad, toppling the wooden stalls and leaving pools of blood and vegetables trampled in the chaos. Minutes later, another car bomb exploded near a row of stores.

More than 129 people were injured, including many women who were shopping, said police and rescue officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

U.S. soldiers pressed closer to Sadr City on Sunday and the reception changed noticeably. In previous days, Shiite families opened their doors to welcome the troops — feeling that the American presence would be a buffer against feared attacks from Sunni militia.

On Sunday, in areas closer to Sadr City, parents slapped away the candy and lollipops given to children by soldiers.