Monday, June 30, 2008


Conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt told a nation-wide ABC NEWS audience on Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopolous" that Iraq is peaceful and quiet as the result of the success of "the surge."

If that is so, why is this happening in Iraq on Sunday and Monday?

Click on BLUE for more details on each violent incident

Monday: 14 Iraqis Killed, 12 Wounded
An intimidation campaign against Iraqi judges resumed today when a series of bombs targeted a number of them at their homes in eastern Baghdad. Across Iraq, at least 14 Iraqis were killed and 12 more were injured during the latest round of violence.

The handover of security to Iraqi forces in the province of Qadisiyah was delayed due to bad weather. The Polish Press Agency reported that terrorism concerns were behind the delay as well.

In Baghdad, a series of five separate bombs targeted the homes of several Iraqi judges in eastern Baghdad, at least one of their wives was injured. Conflicting reports have noted more casualties.

A bomb in Waziriya injured one judge, his wife, and one of their sons. In what may be the same incident, another judge, his wife and his daughter were injured in Binouk. Another judge was injured when a bomb planted in his car blew up. A judge was gunned down only a few days ago.

Also in the capital, Iraqi forces killed two gunmen during a security operation.

A bomb in Kadhimiya killed one civilian and wounded three others. Gunmen raided a Minister's Council employee, but no casualties were reported. A car blew up in Adhimiya, then a body was discovered in it.

In Mosul, gunmen killed two Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint. Two bodies, one belonging to a soldier, were discovered separately. Also, three Iraqi soldiers were wounded in an IED explosion.

A man was wounded in Mahaweel when gunmen opened fire on him.

Sunday: 39 Iraqis Killed, 20 Wounded
Updated at 6:09 p.m. EDT, June 29, 2008

A mass grave gave up 20 more bodies a day after its discovery near Lake Tharthar. Overall, at least 39 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 20 more were wounded in attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported.

Twenty more bodies were recovered from a mass grave discovered in the Lake Tharthar region. The total is now up to 50 dead.

A suicide bomber in Duluiya killed seven people and wounded three more.
Seven people were wounded in Kirkuk when a bomb targeting a police patrol blasted a minibus instead. Six of the dead were policemen and the seventh was an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member.

Gunmen wounded three farmers walking to their orchard in Khalis.

A female suicide bomber injured three Sahwa members in Muqdadiyah.

In Baquba, a roadside bomb injured the driver of a vehicle that struck it. Four dumped bodies were found.

An off-duty policeman was shot and killed outside his home in Mosul. Also, over 1200 detainees were released, but the time period in which the prisoners were freed was not reported. The majority of the prisoners were innocent of charges.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed the head of Basra intelligence department. A bomb planted on a vehicle in Habibiya was successfully defused. Three security personnel were injured during operations.

In Udhaim, a mortar shell killed two women and a child. U.S. forces discovered two buildings rigged to explode elsewhere. The buildings were safely brought down.

U.S. forces killed two suspects and arrested 15 more across central and northern Iraq.
In the Tigris River Valley, nine suspects were

A curfew is in effect for Diwaniya as they prepare to accept responsibility for security from U.S. forces.

So, MR HEWITT, why don't you ask George Stephanopolous if you can go on his ABC NEWS "This Week" show next Sunday to spread more LIES.


Last Sunday I watched in total disbelief as right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt told the ABC "This Week with George Stephanopolous" audience that both Iraq and Afghanistan have been brought under control.

I was stunned that Stephanolpolus or none of his guests challenged Hewitt's outlandish statement which was a flat out LIE.

Day after day on this blog I report acts of violence that are taking place every single day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What bothers me the most about Hugh Hewitt's statement is that not ONE person on the ABC Sunday morning panel challenged him with facts which would show he was lying through his teeth.

Hewitt is like FOX NEWS, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and the rest of the right wing blowhards who continue to LIE to their audiences about conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When is the mainstream media going to point out people like Hugh Hewitt haven't got a clue what they are talking about?


Bomb attacks target Iraqi judges in Baghdad 2008-06-30 16:12:07

Special report:
Tension escalates in Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Three bomb attacks targeted Iraqi judges on Monday morning, wounding one of them while two others escaped unhurt, an Interior Ministry source said.
"Judge Ghanim Abdullah al-Shimmary, his wife and daughter were wounded when a bomb detonated inside his house in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Bunoog," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Shimmary is working in the court of the Sadr City neighborhood, the Shiite stronghold of Mahdi Army militia loyal to the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the source said.
All the wounded, including Shimmary, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source said.
Another bomb attack occurred when a roadside bomb detonated outside the house of Judge Ali al-Allaf, near the Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, the source added.
Allaf escaped unhurt, while the blast caused minor damages to his house, he said.
A third bomb blast occurred near the house of Judge Alla Hussein Salih in Baghdad's southern neighborhood of Ghadeer, causing damages to his house and several nearby civilian cars, he added.
It was the fourth attack in less than a week against Iraqi Judges when unknown gunmen shot dead judge Kamel al-Shewaily, head of the al-Rasafa court of appeal, on Thursday in eastern Baghdad.


You will NEVER hear FOX NEWS or the rest of the right wing media talk about how the U.S. government is paying local Iraqi tribesman $500,000 a month to try and keep peace in Anbar Province and in Baghdad.

All the phony right wing "news organizations" like FOX NEWS do is talk about the success of the "surge" in Iraq.

If someone held a .45 to the head of every news editor, producer and anchor person at FOX NEWS they still couldn't tell the truth about IRAQ.

The FOX NEWS sycophants march in lockstep with Bush and Cheney never telling the TRUTH about what is REALLY happening in IRAQ.

Here is just one example of what we mean:

Program in Iraq against al-Qaida faces uncertainty

US program to sponsor fighters in Iraq against al-Qaida faces uncertain future

Jun 29, 2008 14:50 EST

Capt. David N. Simms wanted the tribal sheiks to have no doubts — the $500,000 his unit spends every month to pay and equip local tribesmen to keep peace here will soon run out and they had better be ready when it's gone.

Simms handed the sheiks 600 applications for a vocational school in nearby Baghdad. It's one option, he said, to prepare the men for life after he stops giving them salaries.

The "Sons of Iraq" are the estimated 80,000 fighters — mostly Sunni tribesmen and former insurgents — recruited and paid by the U.S. military to help fight al-Qaida and maintain security in neighborhoods, including this Sunni farming community west of Baghdad.

The program has been a remarkable success, helping reduce violence across the country by 80 percent since early 2007 at the cost of $216 million to date.

Nearly two years into the program, however, the U.S. is gradually handing over responsibility for the Sons of Iraq to the Shiite-led government. By January, the military hopes to turn the entire program over to the Iraqis.

But the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been reluctant to absorb large numbers of armed Sunnis into the Shiite-dominated security forces. American officials fear that many of the U.S.-backed fighters may turn their guns on the government unless jobs can be found for them.

"If we don't find work for the men, it will work against us," said Asaad Nawar al-Ameen, a retired general in Saddam's army who heads the Sons of Iraq in Radwaniyah. "Al-Qaida can get them."

The government already has accepted nearly 20 percent of Sons in Iraq members in the security forces and is pledging to find civilian jobs for most of the rest.

Meanwhile, it has introduced "support councils" made up of trusted tribal chiefs and their followers to support the security forces.

But that move is seen by leaders of the Sons of Iraq as an attempt to sideline them at a time when some of them are complaining that the Americans are abandoning them to a government they don't trust.


This CNN report dovetails with the post just below this on my blog where I report on how Iran is digging 320,000 graves in preparation for war with the United States.

It is no longer a question of whether we will be going to war with Iran, but when.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney continue to reject every possible way to avoid war with Iran just as they did with Iraq and before leaving office in January Bush and Cheney are going to see to it that the United States goes to war with Iran.

CNN is reporting the following:

Report: U.S. 'preparing the battlefield' in Iran
Story Highlights
New Yorker article says Congress authorized up to $400 million for covert ops in Iran
Journalist Seymour Hersh says program is being staged from Afghanistan
U.S. officials decline comment, deny the U.S. is launching raids from Iraq
Iranian general says troops are building graves for invaders in the event of war

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration has launched a "significant escalation" of covert operations in Iran, sending U.S. commandos to spy on the country's nuclear facilities and undermine the Islamic republic's government, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.
White House, CIA and State Department officials declined comment on Hersh's report, which appears in this week's issue of The New Yorker.

Hersh told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that Congress has authorized up to $400 million to fund the secret campaign, which involves U.S. special operations troops and Iranian dissidents.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have rejected findings from U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran has halted a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb and "do not want to leave Iran in place with a nuclear program," Hersh said.

"They believe that their mission is to make sure that before they get out of office next year, either Iran is attacked or it stops its weapons program," Hersh said.

The new article, "Preparing the Battlefield," is the latest in a series of articles accusing the Bush administration of preparing for war with Iran.

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