Sunday, May 18, 2014


Elections in Iraq took place April 30th.  The results have still not been released.  It is said the totals will be announced May 25th.  Today saw an attack on candidate Rahman Abdulzahra al-Jazairi.  AFP reports he was kidnapped after assailants injured "his father and brother."  Meanwhile, Fars News Agency reports Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared, "These elections showed that democracy has been institutionalized in Iraq."

And who knows better about democracy than Iran, right?
(That was sarcasm.)

Presumably, Nouri's bombings of Falluja's residential neighborhoods which killed 4 today and left five injured will also be seen as a form of democracy as well?

That wasn't the only violence in Iraq today . . .

National Iraqi News Agency reports a Tikrit attack left 2 police members shot dead and two more injured, 1 person was shot dead in Shaabsecurity forces killed 12 suspects in Al-Siger, the Ministry of Defense announced 35 suspects had been killed outside of Mosul, 1 police member was shot dead in al-Ishaqi and two more were left injured, a Mosul car bombing killed 1 Iraqi soldier and 1 civilian, an al-Qayyarah bombing left 2 police members dead, a Baghdad attack left 4 people shot dead, an al-Mahmudiya bombing left four people injured, 1 former police officer was shot dead in his al-Qayyarah home, and  Joint Operations Command stated they killed 18 suspects in Falluja.

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.

Isaiah will have a comic tomorrow.  We're all tired.  I'm not even cross-posting tonight.  I'll put this at the backup sites tomorrow.

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