RT notes, "14 more were killed in a suicide attack on Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad." And AFP's WG Dunlop Tweets:
All Iraq News notes a Kirkuk car bombing. NINA notes a shooting attack in Kadhimiya on four pilgrims left the four injured, a Mosul suicide bomber attacked the police leaving eight dead or wounded (NINA doesn't note the number of dead), an armed attack on an Abe Sayda orchard left a married couple running a farm injured, a Falluja armed attack left 3 police officers injured and a fourth wounded, and an attack on an Amiriyat al-Falluja police patrol left 2 militants dead and one police officer injured. Alsumaria notes an attack on a Ramadi police patrol which left 2 police officers dead and two more injured and 2 women and 1 child were caught in the middle of an armed battle in Tikrit. Even more disturbing are the reports of the dumped corpses -- a hallmark of the ethnic cleansing of 2006 and 2007. Alsumaria reports 2 corpses were discovered bound and blindfolded in western Mosul and the corpse of a 25-year-old male was discovered in Kirkuk -- also bound and blindfolded.
Iraq Body Count counts 100 dead Saturday and 46 dead Sunday. There are 229 violent deaths for the month thus far. On Sunday's All Things Considered (NPR -- link is audio and text), Arun Rath spoke with the Associated Press' Adam Schreck about the violence.
RATH: Can you break down the spike in violence, you know, just how violent has it become in Iraq compared to the past and why?
SCHRECK: Violence in Iraq has been on the increase really since probably the second half of last year, but things have really picked up significantly in the past few months. Last month, the United Nations mission to Iraq said 979 people were killed. The vast majority of the people were civilians. That was just one month. Now, those numbers are certainly not quite as big as what we saw at the peak of the sectarian killing in Iraq in 2006, 2007. However, they are a lot bigger than what we've seen in recent years.
Meanwhile Iraq still needs an election law to hold parliamentary elections in a few months as it is supposed to do. UNAMI issued the following:
Baghdad, 6 October 2013 –Following his meeting today with Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s President Mr. Masud Barzani, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said: “I call on all parties to find as soon as possible a reasonable compromise on the draft Election law that allows all components of the Iraqi society to remain engaged. It a crucial step towards holding parliamentary elections in the constitutionally stipulated time frame”.
During his visit to Erbil, the UN Envoy travelled to the Syrian refugees’ Kawirgosk Camp, and met with PUK representatives. Meetings with Kurdistan Region Government’s Prime Minister, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, as well with Goran party representatives are scheduled later in the day.
Again in 2009, when a law still wasn't passed in August, 'analysts' insisted it would only be a few days maybe weeks. No, it took much longer. And it's October now and there's no election law.
I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name
The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4488.
The latest from Third went up earlier tonight:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to oure readers
- Editorial: Cheap Whore Tim Ryan Exposes Himself
- TV: The Dull List
- Onomatopeia! Good God Mia!
- Five best comic titles of September
- From The TESR Test Kitchen
- Tweet of the week
- They can list, they just can't process
- Jim's World
- Jim's World to Joel Wing
- Obama should suspend assistance (ETAN)
- Rally for political prisoner Lynne Stewart on Tues...
- Can We Go Home? Protest on Monday
Isaiah's latest comic is done. It will hopefully go up shortly. Hopefully? There are image hosting problems. It's why Third was so late in going up. If it's not up within an hour, I'll see if we can try something different. The e-mail address for this site is firstname.lastname@example.org.