by D. Cupples | Sunday, some 20 mortars were fired at Baghdad's Green Zone -- which houses our problem-ridden, $730+ million Embassy. That along with bombings and other violence throughout Iraq killed 58 people at last count and wounded more than 60.
Also on Sunday, U.S forces killed "12 Terrorists" who refused to come out of a building when ordered. Assault weapons, grenades, and "military style assault vests were found inside the building.
"The attack on Sunday morning sent early risers in the Green Zone running for shelter. Sirens went off, and loudspeakers blared: 'Duck and cover! Duck and cover!'
"Barrages of mortar fire continued through the day at four- to five-hour intervals, including a series of intense blasts just before 8:30 p.m. In that assault, one round landed just outside the Green Zone wall on the west bank of the Tigris, igniting a large brushfire. For hours afterward, the city was oddly silent, the helicopters that are a constant presence here nowhere in sight.
"Philip T. Reeker, a spokesman for the American Embassy, said that the mortar attacks “caused no deaths or major injuries” within the Green Zone. He said that for security reasons, American officials do not release the details of such attacks.
"But Iraq’s Interior Ministry said that some shells landed in residential neighborhoods, in one case crashing into a family’s house, killing a mother, a father and three children. Another landed in the Kamalia neighborhood of eastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding eight others.
"A third fell in Bab al-Sharji, where one person was killed and five wounded." (New York Times)
The Times goes on to list various bombings that occurred throughout Iraq on Sunday, along with the death and injury statistics. The article ends with this:
"Two children in Baquba, a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old, also died Sunday. They were playing in a street when a homemade bomb hidden under some garbage detonated, killing them instantly. When authorities reached the scene, the security official said, all they found were pieces of the children’s bodies." (New York Times)
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