Thursday, July 19, 2007

4 US service members killed in Baghdad

Today, the US military announced: "Four Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their patrol during combat operations in an eastern section of the Iraqi capital July 18." The ICCC total number of US service members killed in the illegal war since it started is currently 3627 with 48 for the month.

CBS News notes the deaths as well as this:

Meanwhile, U.S. officials made public Tuesday charges of premeditated murder being brought against two soldiers in connection with the death of an Iraqi last month. Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales, of San Antonio and Spc. Christopher P. Shore of Winder, Ga., were charged with one count of murder in the death, which allegedly occurred June 23 near the northern city of Kirkuk, the military said in a statement. The soldiers charged with the premeditated murder of an Iraqi are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, which is part of the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii. The unit is attached to Multinational Division - North. The battalion commander, Lt. Col. Michael Browder, was relieved of his command in connection with the investigation although he is not a suspect and has not been charged, the military said.

In addition, there's a new CBS News-New York Times poll with 61% of respondents stating Congress should only fund the illegal war if it has a timetable for withdrawal and only 28% believe that Congress should continue funding regardless (8% wisely say "Block all funding"). 74% of respondents say the illegal war is going badly, 25% live in the land of delusion and say it's going "well."

In the New York Times this morning, Alissa J. Rubin offers a rundown on yesterday's violence with "At Least 12 Die in Iraq Attacks; Sunnis Condemn Shiite Militia" and, yes, at least 24 killed and at least 20 corpses discovered is "At Least 12" -- it is also 44 reported deaths, something the New York Times ignores.

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