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Tragedy in Baghdad

How U.S. forces set the stage for...
Tragedy in Baghdad
Socialist Worker
By Eric Ruder | September 9, 2005 | Page 16

AS ANTIWAR activists from Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, left on a bus tour across the U.S., Iraq witnessed a terrible new tragedy that underlines the suffering caused by Washington’s occupation.

Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died and hundreds more were injured August 31 in a stampede on a crowded bridge in Baghdad. The victims were primarily Shiite religious pilgrims. The stampede--on a bridge that connects a Shiite district of Baghdad with an area that supports the predominantly Sunni resistance--began when a rumor ran through the crowd that a suicide bomber was about to strike.

But the situation turned deadly in part because of road closures by the U.S. military--whose concrete barriers on the bridge choked off escape routes and hampered the speedy delivery of medical relief in the aftermath of the disaster.

Iraqi soldiers who fired into the air compounded the sense of alarm. And according to witnesses, Iraqi police on the scene started the suicide-bomb rumor--by trying to encourage the crowd to move faster by warning that the group could become a target.

The stampede was the single largest loss of life since the war began. Hundreds of children were among the dead. Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari blamed the resistance for the tragedy and pledged “a very harsh hit.


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Uh, someone should find this guy's time machine for visiting the future -- and the past too. Filing a report two days hence on an event that occurred at the end of last month seems a bit weird to say the least.

A roadside bomb has hit a convoy of vehicles in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, causing fatalities.

Officials in London denied initial reports that a British diplomatic convoy had come under attack.

Another report, citing a British diplomat, said four American security guards were killed in Wednesday's bomb attack which targeted a US diplomatic convoy.

New US Attack near Mosul  
If you live in the US, please read this in light of what you are witnessing regarding New Orleans. The following is the latest press release from "Doctors for Iraq" Society:HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS ARE FORCED TO FLEE AS US/IRAQI FORCES ATTACK TALLAFA, NORTH-WESTERN IRAQ. DOCTORS FOR IRAQ WARNS OF MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

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