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Sunday, July 09, 2006

How's that campaign to make Baghdad safer going?

The war must continue.

Dozens killed in Baghdad attack

Gunmen in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 40 people at a fake police checkpoint, in an apparent sectarian attack against Sunni Muslims.

Police say Shia militants stopped cars in the western Jihad district, separated Sunnis and shot them.

Militias have in the past used police uniforms to carry out attacks but the scale of this incident is exceptional.

There has been an upsurge in sectarian violence in Iraq in recent months, raising fears of a civil war.

Sunni Arabs say government-backed Shia militias are behind many of the attacks. But officials have denied any involvement.

The latest violence began on Sunday morning when Shia militiamen entered Jihad and set up roadblocks.

Drivers were reportedly pulled from their cars and their identity cards inspected.

Any Sunni Muslims identified were then separated from the rest and killed.

"They also went into certain Sunni houses and killed everyone inside," said a witness quoted by AFP news agency.

But Maliki said he was going to make Baghdad safer. He swore.

Oh yeah, he has no power to do that.

posted by Steve @ 11:39:00 AM

11:39:00 AM

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