Iraq: Getting Worser All the Time

It is perhaps fitting that in this week of Bush riding out once again to pimp his porn of war that U.S. troops are higher, at 140,000, than they’ve been since the peak of 160,000 during the Iraqi elections a year ago. U.S. deaths jumped from 43 in July to 62 in August.

The United States has expanded its force in Iraq to 140,000 troops, the most since January and 13,000 more than five weeks ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday, amid relentless violence in Baghdad and elsewhere.

U.S. Forces at 140,000

Over 67 Iraqis were killed on Thursday, 50 in one mortar attack alone, on an apartment building: Sunni on Shiia it seems.

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The blasts flattened a multistory apartment building, buried women and children under mounds of rubble and sent terrified shoppers fleeing out of a major bazaar, authorities and witnesses said. The death toll included 16 children, an Iraqi police official said Friday.

The booming explosions rang out within minutes of each other around 6:30 p.m. in the city’s New Baghdad district. Interior ministry officials said Friday that they believed the blasts were caused by 12 to 18 rockets and a new type of highly flammable explosive. It was not clear whether the attack included car bombs and mortars as well.

WaPo: Timed Blasts

This grim news offsets the Iraqi government claim that civilian deaths in August dropped by 25%. I think I’ll wait until the morgues report in before having a taste of bitter hope.

A quarterly Pentagon report to Congress just out indicates that hoping for a taste of bitter hope would be premature.

“The levels of violence are up and the sectarian quality of the violence is particularly acute and disturbing.”

I haven’t found the report itself but here is one of many articles about it.

Pentagon Says Iraq Violence Spreading

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