It's still early days, but there are signs that the body count in Baghdad may be rising again. Reuters reports:
Twenty unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi police said on Tuesday, a spike in the daily death toll after a marked reduction since the start of a major security crackdown.In other breaking news today, a tanker explosion near Taji, about 12 miles northwest of Baghdad, led to the hospitalization of more than 100 people including dozens of children. At least one Iraqi died in the blast but the cause is as yet unkown.
This on top of yesterday's attack on a US compound that left two soldiers dead and at least 17 injured, other attacks that killed 99 Iraqis and injured 157, and questions about the dedication of Iraqi army personnel.
On Saturday, one reporter nearly got an up-close and personal answer on how bad the violence is in Samarra. When he got out of his US Army vehicle to talk to some locals about it, machinegun and sniper fire exploded around him.
I've the feeling that the much-vaunted surge will turn out very quickly to be just another variation on whack-a-mole.
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