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    U.S. Killed in Iraq Exceeds 9-11 Count

    Associated Press | December 26, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The number of U.S. military service members
    killed in Iraq has exceeded the number of victims in the Sept.
    11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to an Associated Press
    count. Car bomb attacks, meanwhile, killed at least 25 Iraqis.

    Six more American soldiers were killed in Iraq, officials said
    Tuesday, pushing the U.S. military death toll since the
    beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978
    - five more than the number killed in the attacks in New
    York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

    The milestone came with the deaths of the three soldiers
    Monday and three more Tuesday in roadside bomb attacks
    near Baghdad, the military said.

    President Bush has said that the Iraq war is part of the United
    States' post-Sept. 11 approach to threats abroad. Going on
    offense against enemies before they could harm Americans
    meant removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan,
    pursuing members of al-Qaida and seeking regime change in
    Iraq, Bush has said.

    Democratic leaders have said the Bush administration has
    gotten the U.S. bogged down in Iraq when there was no
    evidence of links to the Sept. 11 attacks, detracting from
    efforts against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

    The AP count of those killed includes at least seven military
    civilians. Prior to the deaths announced Tuesday, the AP
    count was 15 higher than the Defense Department's tally,
    last updated Friday. At least 2,377 died as a result of hostile
    action, according to the military's numbers.

    The British military has reported 126 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine,
    18; Poland, 18; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El
    Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand,
    two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia,
    Romania, one death each.

    Three car bombs killed at least 25 people and wounded 55 in a
    commercial area and public transport hub in western Baghdad
    on Tuesday morning, a doctor at Yarmouk hospital said on
    condition of anonymity.

    Separately Tuesday, two roadside bombs targeted an Iraqi
    police patrol in eastern Baghdad, killing four policemen and
    injuring 12 people, police said.

    British soldiers were on alert for reprisals a day after they
    raided a police station in the southern city of Basra, killing
    seven gunmen in an effort to stop renegade Iraqi officers
    from executing their prisoners.

    "We fully expect more attacks on our bases and on Basra
    stations, but that's nothing out of the ordinary," Maj.
    Charlie Burbridge, a military spokesman, said Tuesday.
    "But this is part of a long-term rehabilitation of the Iraqi
    police service, to make it more effective and more
    accountable, and ultimately provide better security for
    the people of Basra."

    After the British stormed the police station, they removed
    127 prisoners, who showed evidence of torture, then
    evacuated the building before blowing it up, he said.

    Burbridge had previously said only 76 prisoners were in the
    station, but later said soldiers miscounted the prisoners
    because the operation was done under cover of darkness.

    Some 800 of the British military's 7,200 troops in Iraq were
    involved in the operation, he said.

    A spokesman for Iraq's defense minister said Monday that
    the Iraqi interior and defense ministries approved the Basra
    operation, but some members of the Basra provincial council
    said they were not notified.

    "We object to the way the operation was conducted...
    There was no need to bring in such a huge number of
    forces and break down the station," council member
    Hakim al-Maiyahi told The Associated Press.

    Burbridge acknowledged the council members' concerns, but
    said British officials had alerted the provincial governor,
    Mohammed al-Waili, who approved the operation.

    "He told us it was the right thing - the way forward. He
    supported our activity," Burbridge said.

    Al-Waili refused to comment on the matter.

    Christians attended Christmas services in Baghdad and
    northern Iraq, home to most of Iraq's 800,000 Christians.
    Some in Baghdad stayed home on Monday, however,
    fearing violence.

    Christians are on the fringes of the conflict, which mostly
    involves Shiite Muslims and Sunni Arabs, but they have
    been targeted by Islamic militants.

    "I hope next year will bring good things and unite all Iraqis
    because there is no difference between Christians and
    Muslims," said Abu Fadi, a worshipper who does not use
    his Christian name because he fears for his safety.
    "May God bring relief from this."

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    I get so upset about this, the needless deaths of these young people. Stop the madness! Bring 'em back home, so they can be with their families.

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    This makes me absolutely mental.....

    Gosh, Merry Christmas!

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    Okay, now these figures might actually suceed in convincing Bush's cronies that his attempts at validating this war are fucking ridiculous. In reality, this only serves to show that Bush's actions have killed more Americans than the forces behind the 9-11 attacks (which may have been instigated by Bush as well, but that's a can of worms I don't want to open right now).

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    how sad; makes me want to cry and cry and cry...

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