Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Surge News, of Iraqi's killing Iraqi's

Wednesday: 71 Iraqis Killed, 152 Wounded

Updated at 4:05 p.m. EST, Dec. 12, 2007

A large triple bombing killed or wounded scores of people in the southern city of Amarah. Meanwhile a smaller blast in Baghdad left over a dozen casualties there. Overall, 71 Iraqis were killed and 152 more were wounded in the latest violence. No Coalition deaths were reported.

At least 42 people were killed and another 125 were wounded during a triple car bombing in Amarah. Although small arms attacks against civilians have been increasing in recent weeks throughout Maysan province, the news of a triple bombing in Amarah stunned Iraq this morning. The area had been relatively peaceful since the British handed over control to Iraqi forces in April. British forces promise that an expected handover of neighboring Basra province will go on schedule this Sunday despite the bombing.

This is not surprising to me. I still firmly believe that the only people who will solve the Iraq civil war are Iraqi's themselves. As long as our military are patrolling Iraqi streets they will not make the tough negotiating between the waring sides that is necessary for resolution. I doubt we can even be useful as mediators at this stage and any outside help for reaching a political settlement will have to come from someone other than the US.

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