7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution-style
BAGHDAD (AP) – Gunmen wearing military uniforms pulled seven people from a Sunni mosque south of Baghdad and then shot and killed them execution-style, officials said Tuesday, raising the death toll to 70 in Iraq’s deadliest day this year.
The killings late Monday came at the end of a day that saw a wave of crushing violence sweep across Iraq, from the northern city of Mosul to the Shiite heartland – including suicide bombings, roadside bombs and shootings. The violence was reminiscent of the bloodletting that used to plague Iraq daily a few years ago and a stark warning that al-Qaida in Iraq is still a force to be reckoned with.
The fact that militants were able to pull off such a wave of violence is especially disturbing considering that U.S. forces are scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of this year, leaving the country’s security in the hands of still-struggling Iraqi security forces.
Iraqi officials announced earlier this month that they would discuss with the U.S. having a small group of trainers in the country past Dec. 31 but no deal has been finalized.
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7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution-style
Call me hard hearted, call me callous, call me mean, I really don’t give a damn what I am called, we should have NEVER gone to Iraq in the 1st place and we are long over due for getting OUT of Iraq.
America has lost over 4,000 fine young service people in a land that is NEVER going to be our friend or ally. We have spent untold BILLIONS of American tax dollars that we will NEVER see back, and for what? This is not about a Republic or a Democracy; it’s about religious ideology, sectarian violence, and nothing more.
Shiites hate Sunnis and Sunnis hate Shiites, it that simple, and as long as they had an abundance of Americans to kill they were fairly happy, they only killed their fellow Iraqis occasionally, or they were victims of *collateral damage* when the Americans were targeted, but I have said on a number of occasions, on THIS blog, once we are out of Iraq we will see the biggest explosion of Islamic violence ever witnessed.
Do you want even MORE proof that I am a calloused and hard hearted SOB? I don’t care how many Iraqis kill each other either, no matter what particular sect of Islam they belong to. As long as they are busy killing each other they are not busy killing American troops. Win-Win.
In the execution-style attack late Monday, the gunmen walked into a Sunni mosque in the town of Youssifiyah during evening prayers, took the seven men outside and shot them, said officials with the Ministry of Interior and the town hospital.
The men were all members of a militia created during the height of the sectarian conflict of Sunnis who used to be aligned with al-Qaida but later turned on them.
As I said, sectarian violence.
For those that don’t quite grasp this sectarian violence thing, let me explain it for you in simple, easy to understand terms; suppose 1st Baptist and 1st Methodist have a disagreement. They are BOTH Christian churches, just slightly different beliefs and interpretations of *The Word*.
That’s the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, they have slightly different beliefs and interpretations of what the Pedophile Mohammad said and what he meant when he said it, but unlike 1st Baptist and 1st Methodist, the Muslims slaughter each other over their differences.
That’s a good example of exactly what *The Religion of Peace* stands for.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s string of attacks that targeted half of the country’s provinces.
But few other terror groups have the organizational skills to carry out such a sophisticated and wide-ranging series of attacks. The use of suicide bombers and the fact that many of the targets were Shiite civilians and Iraqi security forces also indicated that al-Qaida in Iraq was responsible.
Of course it was al-Qaida, or the Taliban, who else do you suppose it could have been?
A little over a year ago, U.S. and Iraqi officials said the deaths of al-Qaida in Iraq’s two top leaders in a raid had dealt a severe blow to the organization. The group has suffered from a drop in funding and just last week was calling on former members to come back to the fold, a sign of the group’s diminished status.
But time and again, al-Qaida in Iraq has shown an ability to resurrect itself.
If you think they have resurrected themselves now, wait until the U.S. military is gone from Iraq, it’s going to be ‘Katie bar the door’.
And you can fully expect the same thing in Afghanistan as soon as we’re out of there too.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, much like Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, is nothing more than the most easily cleaned up war lord that U.S. authorities could find to put up as a leader at the time. Neither is strong enough to hold their nation together and make a Republic or a Democracy work.
Democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan is impossible as long as al-Qaida, the Taliban and Islam exist. Oil and water, that is the only way to look at Islam and any kind of political freedom, they don’t mix now, they never have and they never will.