Saturday, April 14, 2007

At Least 289 Killed In Iraq On Saturday

   Today in Iraq, the troop surge brought these kinds of Bush improvements.

By Hussam Ali and Leila Fadel

McClatchy Newspapers

KARBALA, Iraq - Two months into the U.S.-led Baghdad Security Plan, at least 289 people were killed and injured across Iraq on Saturday, including 36 dead in a car bomb attack in the holy Shiite city of Karbala. The carnage of a crowd teeming with women and children set off an angry mob of hundreds against the governor and police.

Bodies littered the street and body parts were found as far as 160 yards from the site of the explosion. Three buses of passengers were charred and storefronts lay in shambles.

At least 167 people were injured in the bombing, but the death toll was expected to increase because of still-unidentified bodies and serious injuries, said Saleem Kadhim, spokesman for the Karbala health directorate.

   But things are improving. even John McCain says that they are.

Aqeel al-Khazaali, the governor of Karbala, blamed the Baghdad Security Plan for the attack inside the relatively safe southern city. Karbala is about 50 miles south of Baghdad.

"The Baghdad crackdown and the tribes in Ramadi are forcing the terrorists to leave their cities," he said. "Now Karbala is under fire from terrorists, and the central government has to take the necessary steps to help us to protect the holy city."

   Let's send in some more troops and really improve things!

In a phone interview Thafir al-Ani, a Sunni parliament member, said the security plan had little hope of success if it continued as a military force without a political solution. He said insurgents had learned to hit more high-profile places such as bridges and government buildings.

      Reid and Pelosi need to put impeachment back on the table and you, reader, need to tell them to do so.