Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At least 26 killed in Iraq today and another forty-two left injured

Today the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq issued the following statement:

Baghdad, 10 December 2013 -- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, voiced grave concern over the recent spate of assassination of journalists in several parts of the country, including in Sulaymaniya and Mosul, while performing their duties. 
"I urge the authorities to take all necessary measures to investigate and prevent these crimes and to ensure that journalists can work safely, free from threats of violence, intimidation or arbitrary arrests."

Yesterday a Mosul sticky bombing killed a lawyer and left his brother injured. National Iraqi News Agency reports 1 attorney was shot dead today in Mosul.  Attorneys have been targeted throughout the ongoing Iraq War but they lack advocacy agencies.  When attorneys gather in various countries -- such as the ABA in this country -- they apparently other concerns besides the safety of attorneys in foreign countries.

With no billable hours, US lawyers don't seem to care about Iraq.

In fact, this passes for caring:

Vinson & Elkins has a dedicated, multi-disciplinary Iraq practice, which provides legal counsel for clients located or doing business in Iraq and the Kurdistan region and for those who wish to commence activity in the country. Our practice includes a deep bench of internationally qualified, Arabic-speaking lawyers and we maintain strong relationships with the local legal community, enabling V&E to help clients efficiently navigate the legal, regulatory, or commercial challenges they may face in connection with business opportunities in Iraq.

The firm of Vinson & Elkins is highly concerned when it comes to the money that can be made in Iraq.  As for the killing of Iraqi attorneys?  They're too busy deciding where to lunch.  Even the so-called Lawyers Without Borders can't be bothered with the violence in Iraq.

And the violence never ends.  NINA notes a Baquba bombing claimed the lives of 2 police officers and left two more injured, another Baquba bombing (this one a sticky bombing) left 1 person dead, a Baquba roadside bombing claimed 1 life and left three people injured, 7 people were shot dead in an Abi Saida orchard, a Mosul roadside bombing claimed the lives of  3 police officers and left another injured, another Mosul roadside bombing claimed the lives of 3 Iraqi soldiers and injured five more, a Mosul car bombing left two police officers injured, an armed attack in Zankwah left 1 police officer dead and two more injured, a Qa'im armed attack left 1 Iraqi soldier dead and two more injured, Diyala Police and the Tigris Operation Command announced they had shot dead 4 suspects, a Baghdad sticky bombing claimed the life of 1 traffic police officer, a western Baghdad bombing left four people injured, a southeast Baghdad roadside bombing also left four people injured and a Sha'ab bombing "near a market" left 1 person dead and four more injured.

Check my math, that's 26 reported dead and 42 reported injured.

Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count notes 314 violent deaths for the month so far and 8500 for the year so far.

Benjamin Cosman (PolicyMic) notes the continued and increased violence in Iraq and concludes:

All this after the Iraq War was supposedly “won.” It’s a decade-old conflict that keeps on costing thousands of lives each year. And as the U.S. continues to find new conflicts in which to be entangled, it might be easier to think this war was indeed won. But the 7,000-plus Iraqi deaths this year would beg to differ.

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, Antiwar.com, Pacifica Evening News, Susan's On the Edge, CCR, Jane Fonda, -- updated since the snapshot went up yesterday:

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