This is the news from Iraq today, as provided by the Iraq Coalition Casualties website:
|06/14/07 Reuters: Iraq Qaeda group kills 14 abducted officers An Iraqi al Qaeda-led group said on Thursday it had killed 14 Iraqi army and police personnel and posted an Internet video showing a masked militant shooting the kneeling men in the head.|
|06/14/07 AP: Explosions rocked central Baghdad In midafternoon, explosions rocked central Baghdad, and smoke billowed over the American-guarded Green Zone, which houses the U.S. and British embassies, as well as the offices of the Iraqi government.|
|06/14/07 AP: 4 people killed, 6 wounded in attacks on the Kawaz, Othman Police in the southern city of Basra said four people were killed and six wounded in attacks on the Kawaz, Othman, al-Abayshi and Basra Grand mosques on Wednesday, all involving rocket-propelled grenades that also damaged the buildings.|
|06/14/07 AP: Gunmen set al-Basheer mosque on fire in Mahaweel In Mahaweel…gunmen opened fire on the al-Basheer mosque at dawn, police said. They forced guards to leave, then set fire to the mosque, a local police officer said on the same condition of anonymity. The building was partly damaged|
|06/14/07 AP: U.S. military detains 25 suspects the U.S. military said it detained 25 suspects in raids against al-Qaeda in Iraq in the past two days. One taken into custody near Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad, was believed to be a close associate of Omar al-Baghdadi…|
|06/14/07 WorldVision: Iraqi Refugee Children Bear Scars of Violence As some 50,000 Iraqis continue to flee each month to Jordan, Syria and other neighboring states, Iraqi refugee children bear the brunt of one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing refugee crises, a new report from World Vision warns.|
|06/14/07 Reuters: 2 farmers killed, 3 wounded near BaladGunmen killed two farmers and wounded another three near Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.|
|06/14/07 Reuters: Body found in LatifiyaA body was found with gunshot wounds and signs of torture in Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.|
|06/14/07 Reuters: 25 bodies found in Baghdad on Wednesday Twenty-five bodies were found shot and tortured around Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.|
|06/14/07 AFP: Sunni mosques attacked after Shiite shrine bombingTwo Sunni mosques were bombed in Iraq on Thursday in apparent reprisal for an attack on a revered Shiite shrine, sparking fears of fresh sectarian bloodletting despite appeals for calm.|
|06/14/07 dpa: Six Iraqis severely wounded in a Kirkuk suicide attack Six Iraqis were seriously wounded in a suicide attack Thursday north-west of Kirkuk city, Iraqi Independent News Agency reported citing an official source in Kirkuk police|
This is the front page, above-the-fold daily newspaper of my hometown – the 22nd largest city in the nation:
think the below-the-fold is any better?
Want to follow that story about how the “surge” isn’t reducing the violence in Iraq? You remember Iraq. That’s the place where, “We’re in the ideological struggle of the 21st century, it’s a struggle between good and evil,” according to President Bush. You remember Iraq, don’t you? That’s the place where more than 3,500 of our young men and women have been blown to bits so far.
More on Iraq? That would be on page eleven.