Sunday, February 16, 2014


Today in Iraq, at least 42 people died violent deaths while nineteen more were left injured.

National Iraqi News Agency reports 1 Mukhtar was shot dead in Himps Village, an armed attack in Abu Shaheen left 1 person dead and another injured, a Falluja bombing claimed 1 life and left six more people injured, a Mosul battle left 1 police member dead and another injured, Thanon Ahmed Hassan corpse was discovered today (he was kidnapped Thursday and he had been the manager of the Ministry of Commerce's Monitoring Department), Baghdad Operations Command stated they killed 4 suspects in Baghdad, Nouri's "elite forces" killed 12 suspects in Ramadi, the Ministry of Interior states 4 suspects were killed in Sulaiman Beg, a suicide bomber took his own life and the lives of 2 police members (three more injured) to the north of Ramadi, 1 person was shot dead in central Baghdad, a battle in Riyadh left 2 Iraqi soldiers dead and three more injured, 1 person was shot dead in Abu Ghraib, a Mosul suicide bomber took his own life and left four Iraqi soldiers injured, a battle in Taza left 5 police members dead, a Hilla attack left a father and son dead, a Baghdad sticky bombing left 1 person dead and another injured, 1 police member was kidnapped in Kirkuk, and 1 beheaded corpse was discovered in Taji.

Through Saturday, Iraq Body Count counts 430 violent deaths for the month so far.

Today's big story in the Western press?

Moqtada.  We noted it yesterday.

It takes them awhile to catch up, apparently.

Not only did cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr announce yesterday he was leaving politics immediately but, today, All Iraq News reports that Sadr bloc MPs Hussien Alwan al-Lami,  Hussien al-Mansouri and Hussien Hamim held a press conference and declared that, in respect of Moqtada's decision, they were resigning from Parliament.

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] 4489.

On this week's Law and Disorder Radio,  an hour long program that airs Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST on WBAI and around the country throughout the week, hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights) topics  addressed include illegal spying, Guantanamo, Occupy and much more.

There are serious problems with Blogger/Blogspot tonight.  I keep getting kicked out -- logged out -- and having spent the bulk of the day helping with Third, I'm not in the mood to monkey around on the laptop now.  So we're going to wrap up quickly.

First, there will be a snapshot tomorrow.  It is a US holiday, I'd love the day off.  But with Nouri doing the assault on Anbar, we have to have a snapshot.

Isaiah plans to do a comic for President's Day (tomorrow's holiday).  New content at Third:

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