Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

And now, for the press-bashing post

as promised below.

Ned Parker, doing the daily Iraq round-up for the normally half-decent LA Times, writes:

There was little violence in Iraq yesterday, as bans on vehicle traffic shut down Baghdad and Najaf. However, one person was killed and three wounded in a mortar attack in the Shi'ite section of the Baghdad suburb of Dora, considered a haven of Sunni militants. Two Iraqi soldiers and an oil protection guard were killed in a bomb blast north of Basra, the Iraqi military said.

Nine unidentified bodies were found dumped in Baghdad yesterday and two corpses were found in Babil Province, south of the capital.

Okaaaaaay. Here's what our friends Whisker and Dancewater managed to find for Iraq Today, referring to the same date, yesterday, April 9. I'm not going to reproduce the links here, but you can find them on the original.


In southern Baghdad, a sniper killed a civilian and a policeman.

And a mortar round killed one person and wounded two others, police said.

Five bodies, four of them unidentified, were found by policemen on Monday in the district of al-Aamil in western Baghdad, a security source said. "Three bodies were found in al-Aamil and another in the district of al-Risala," the source, who did not want to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

Baghdad was under curfew on Monday, the fourth anniversary of the fall of the capital to U.S. forces, as Iraqis streamed to the city of Najaf for a big anti-U.S. protest. Iraq announced a 24-hour vehicle ban in Baghdad starting at 5 a.m. (0100 GMT) to prevent car bombers launching attacks on the anniversary. Thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops are sweeping through the capital in a new security crackdown

Baghdad- Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded when an explosive charge went off targeting a U.S. vehicle patrol in Zaafaraniyah district, southwestern Baghdad, a security source said on Monday.

Baghdad- As many as fourteen gunmen were captured during crackdown operations launched on Monday in Baiji and Tarmiyah in north of Baghdad, the U.S. army said.

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 17 people, some bearing signs of torture, were found across Baghdad during the past 24 hours, police said. Many of the bodies are thought to be victims of sectarian violence.

Diyala Prv:

Gunmen assassinated Jalal al-Daini, a tribal leader, in the town of Khalis, 80 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Police in Buhriz, about 35 miles north of Baghdad, said clashes broke out between unknown gunmen and al-Qaida fighters — leaving 30 people injured.

Three civilians were killed and four others wounded when a car rigged with explosives blew up in central Muqdadiya district, 35 km northeast of Baaquba, an official Iraqi police source said on Monday. "The vehicle was parked near a compound of markets and was detonated by means of a remote control," the security source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on condition of anonymity. He said most of the victims were local residents of Muqdadiya in Baaquba, the capital city of Diala province, 57 km north of Baghdad.

Baaquba – Five policemen were wounded when their patrol came under an armed attack in central Baaquba, an official Iraqi police source said.

Diala – A tribal chief from al-Qaysiya clan in Habhab city, Diala province, was killed by unidentified gunmen on Monday, an Iraqi police source said.

Hilla – Security authorities in Hilla imposed a curfew from 10:00 a.m. Monday as two explosive charges went off near two U.S. patrols in the city.

Muthanna – A judge from the court of al-Samawa was killed by unidentified gunmen, while three policemen were slightly wounded in a hand grenade attack in the city, a security source in Samawa said


Gunmen killed two Shi'ite protestors who were heading south towards the holy city of Najaf from Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. Seven others were wounded in the attack.


A roadside bomb wounded four civilians when it exploded near a U.S. military vehicle in the southern city of Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

More than 60 Shiite militants have been killed or captured in deadly battle with Iraqi and US forces in the central city of Diwaniyah, milatary officials said on Monday. Since Friday, around 3,300 US and Iraqi troops have clashed with Shiite militants, largely believed to be from the Mahdi Army militia controlled by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad.


Iraqi police killed two al Qaeda militants in the western Iraqi town of Hit, police Lieutenant-Colonel Ahmed Hameed said.


Police found the blindfolded and bounded body of a man in the town of Mahaweel, 75 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The body had apparent torture marks on it.


Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in an explosive device attack in northern Basra, a police source in the province said on Monday. "An explosive charge killed two Iraqi soldiers and a third from the oil installations guard force when it went off near a joint patrol in Bahla district in northern Basra," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).


Police said they found the body of a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) who was stabbed to death near the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad.

Al Anbar Prv:

Unknown gunmen on Monday blew up the house of an officer from the current Iraqi army in Haditha, one of the cities of Anbar province, but no casualties were reported, said eyewitnesses from the city. "Unidentified gunmen blew up the house of Lt. Khaled Milhan Al-Jaghifi in al-Aaskari district, south of Haditha, by planting an explosive charge at 11 a.m. on Monday," an eyewitness told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq


The DoD has also announced another three deaths not previously reported by CENTCOM. These were three U.S. Navy casualties who died in enemy action near Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Friday, April 6th:
Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, Kentucky
Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, of Burley, Idaho
Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Georgia
All three men were assigned to the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eleven based at Whidbey Island, WA.

Listen folks, it's like this every day. The corporate media will give a report from Iraq in which they list two or three violent incidents, and leave you to think they have described the day's events comprehensively. In fact, they usually mention only 25% or fewer of the events which have been publicly reported. That is a form of lying. Why don't they want you to know the truth?

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