Monday, March 10, 2008


CNN is reporting five U.S. soldiers were killed Monday in bomb blast in Baghdad that also left three others seriously wounded.

This comes on the heels of President Bush and his mouthpiece FOX NEWS claiming "the surge" is working and things are improving in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq.

One can only wonder what Republican Congressman (R-Ind.) Mike Pence is thinking now after he told FOX NEWS' BRIT HUME last Sunday on "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" that during his recent trip to Iraq he could walk the streets of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities and not be in fear of any violence.

When is the Bush administration and FOX NEWS going to start telling the truth about Iraq?

"The surge" is a joke and what little gains have been made were because the Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar Province got together and ran Al Qaeda out of the province. It had absolutely NOTHING to do with the U.S. military and the so-called "surge."

Commentary by Bill Corcoran, editor of CORKSPHERE,, the blog that dares to tell the TRUTH about conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officials: 5 U.S. troops killed in suicide blast

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NEW: Explosion marks deadliest attack on U.S. troops since January 28
Four U.S. troops die in blast, one dies later of wounds, officials say
Cousin says teen visited home seeking help Sunday, was told to return
Female suicide bomber kills sheik, 5-year-old niece and guard at Iraqi home

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least five U.S. soldiers on foot patrol were killed and three others wounded in a suicide bombing Monday in Baghdad, U.S. military officials in Iraq said.

Four soldiers were killed in Monday's blast and one more died later of wounds, the military said.

They were with Multi-National Division-Baghdad. An Iraqi interpreter also was wounded in the explosion, the officials said.

Initial reports indicate the bomber was wearing an explosive vest.

"Five soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Iraqi and American people. I ask you remember these fallen heroes and their families as well as their wounded brethren in your thoughts and prayers," said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff for Multi-National Division-Baghdad. "We remain resolute in our resolve to protect the people of Iraq and kill or capture those who would bring them harm."

The explosion marks the deadliest attack against the U.S. military since five soldiers were killed January 28 in a roadside bombing in Mosul. Troops killed a Saudi insurgent whose network was responsible for that attack.

Earlier, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said one person was killed and eight people were wounded in a suicide bomb attack targeting a U.S. military convoy in western Baghdad.

It is not clear if the U.S. and Iraqi reports are about the same incident.

Monday's attack would bring the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq this month to seven. A total of 3,980 military personnel have died in the nearly 5-year-old war.

The attack came after a bomber near Baquba targeted the leader of a security group assisting U.S. troops.

The teen suicide bomber killed a sheik and a 5-year-old, a day after she went to the sheik's Kanan home claiming to need help finding her husband, police and family members said.

The female suicide bomber, 18, blew herself up at the sheik's home Monday morning, police said.

The tribal leader was the head of a local citizens group that has been working with U.S. forces to rout out insurgents. The largely Sunni security groups are known as Awakening Councils.
Kanan is east of Baquba, situated in the volatile Diyala province, which has been a major front for the "surge" of U.S.-led troops targeting militants near Baghdad.

According to one of the sheik's cousins, the teen bomber went to the sheik's house Sunday to ask him for help finding her husband -- thought to be kidnapped or detained. The 18-year-old was told to return Monday, the cousin said.

She returned Monday and staged the attack, killing the sheik, his 5-year-old niece and one of his security guards, police said.

The attack reflects both the growing use of females as suicide bombers in Iraq and the targeting of Awakening Councils, which are also known as Concerned Citizens Groups or Sons of Iraq.

The grass-roots groups, which are sometimes led by former insurgents, have drawn more than 90,000 volunteers to their ranks, military spokesman Rear Adm. Gregory said Sunday.

Since November, there have been at least five attacks carried out by female suicide bombers, including a twin bombing at Baghdad pet markets last month that killed almost 100 people.
Insurgent groups, particularly
al Qaeda in Iraq, are increasingly using women as suicide bombers because they are less likely to be searched, the U.S. military has said.

About an hour after the attack at the sheik's home, another suicide bomber approached Iraqi security forces in Muqdadiya and blew himself up as the forces began shooting at him.

The blast killed two civilians and wounded 20 others, including two police officers, authorities said. Muqdadiya also is in Diyala province.

In other developments:
• Two bombings in Baghdad on Monday killed an Iraqi and wounded nine others, an Interior Ministry official said. A parked car bomb exploded near an outdoor market in Shaab, a Shiite neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding seven others. A roadside bomb exploded on a highway near a U.S. military patrol in eastern Baghdad, wounding two bystanders.

• Coalition troops north of Baghdad killed five insurgents and detained 19 people in raids, the U.S. military said Monday. The Sunday raids were part of coalition forces' "untiring efforts to remove al Qaeda from Iraq," said Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, a Multi-National Forces-Iraq spokeswoman. (Editorial comment: Oh, that is swell)


Three bombs went off in Baghdad on Monday morning killing one civilian and wounding nine others.

The attacks came one day after FOX NEWS' Brit Hume interviewed Republican Congressman Mike Pence who claimed violence has been curtailed in the Iraqi capital city.

Pence had been on a fact-finding mission and appeared Sunday of "Fox News Sunday" and boasted about how you can walk the streets of Baghdad and other cities in Iraq without the fear of suicide bombings.

Bombings in Baghdad kill civilian, wound 9

Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 10 (Xinhua) -- A civilian was killed and nine others wounded in three bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Monday, an interior Ministry source said.

A KIA truck bomb parked near a mosque in the Shiite dominantly neighborhood of Shaab in northeastern Baghdad detonated in the morning, killing a civilian and wounding five others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
In separate incident, a roadside bomb went off in the morning near the intersection of Adan neighborhood in northern the capital, wounding two people, the source said.

Also in northern Baghdad, a mortar round landed on the Muheet Street in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood, wounding two more people, he said.


There have been 19 female suicide bombers in Iraq since the war began, and on Monday morning there was another female suicide bomber who blew herself up and killed three people near Baghdad.

Of course, we can expect the Bush Administration and their mouthpiece FOX NEWS to ignore this latest suicide attack.

Female suicide bomber kills 3 in Iraq

By HAMID AHMED, Associated Press Writer 30 minutes ago

A female suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near a tribal sheik's house northeast of Baghdad, killing the sheik and two other people, a provincial police official said.

The woman, wearing an explosives belt, entered the house of Sheik Thaeir Ghadhban al-Karkhi in the predominantly Sunni town of Kanaan, about 12 miles east of Baqouba in Iraq's restive Diyala province, a police official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release the information.

The official said the sheik was killed, along with a child and a security guard. Two other people were wounded.

Female suicide bombers have been involved in at least 19 attacks or attempted attacks since the war began, including the grisly bombings of two pet markets that killed nearly 100 people on Feb. 1.

A female suicide bomber last struck in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad on Feb. 17, detonating after soldiers fired three bullets at her. Causalities were disputed in that attack, with Iraqi officials saying four people were killed, while the U.S. military said only the bomber died.


We now have a U.S. Navy Admiral in Iraq saying the gains by insurgents and Al Qaeda is not a trend.

Rear Admiral Greg Smith said he did not think recent security gains were being reversed."I would not look at the last few weeks as an increase or a trend, but there has been a sporadic series of events that ... have resulted in significant loss of life," Smith told a news conference.

Iraqi police said 68 people died when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other in a popular, crowded shopping area in central Baghdad on Thursday evening, the deadliest single bombing in the capital since last June.

But a NAVY ADMIRAL says there is nothing to worry about.

Does anyone else find it strange that a NAVY ADMIRAL would be making statements about what is taking place on the "ground" in Iraq?

Shouldn't Rear Admiral Smith be on a ship out in the middle of the Persian Gulf somewhere and not issuing statements about ground force conditions in Iraq?

However, it must be comforting to the soldiers and Marines on the ground in Iraq to know they have a NAVY ADMIRAL who has telepathic powers and has looked into his crystal ball and predicts the recent surge in violence is just a mirage.

Upswing in Iraq attacks not a trend: U.S. military

By Michael HoldenSun Mar 9, 1:20 PM ET;_ylt=Ag22IYrWpL32j8gn.kTXY.lX6GMA

The U.S. military said on Sunday a recent increase in bombings was not the start of a wider trend in Iraq and violence had decreased overall.

U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith said he did not think recent security gains were being reversed.

"I would not look at the last few weeks as an increase or a trend, but there has been a sporadic series of events that ... have resulted in significant loss of life," Smith told a news conference.

Smith said the spate of recent attacks needed to be compared with a year ago, when thousands of civilians were dying in sectarian violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs, with U.S. troops also suffering heavy casualties.

Iraqi police said 68 people died when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other in a popular, crowded shopping area in central Baghdad on Thursday evening, the deadliest single bombing in the capital since last June.


The number of violent civilian deaths rose sharply in February, the first increase in six months, after bombings which Smith blamed on al Qaeda killed more than 160 people.