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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:02 AM
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Iraqi rebels bomb Baghdad water pipeline at height of summer
BAGHDAD (AFP) - At the height of summer, Iraqi rebels bombed a water pipeline feeding Baghdad, cutting off supplies to half the city in the third such attack in three weeks.

The pipeline carries water to Karkh, on the west side of the capital, where temperatures currently top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

"The pipeline linking the Tarmiyah pumping station to the capital was sabotaged," an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We are going to the site to evaluate the damage," he added Thursday.

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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050707/w...

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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:04 AM
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1. Oooh taking a page right out of the USAF terror bombing manual !
(nt)
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:31 PM
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3. And, just as when the USAF did it, it's wrong. n/t
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6 sack fiber Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:15 PM
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10. Correct
And strategic bombing theory which is the genesis that would motivate USAF targeteers to bomb the water supply, has breaking the will of the enemy civilian population as one of it's goals.

Thus if the insurgents are bombing the same targets that a USAF bombing campaign would - one has to wonder who the insurgents see as the enemy.

Coalition forces are going to have plenty of KBR supplied water to drink - I guarantee you.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:27 PM
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12. You're right.
I suspect the civilian 'government' is the target.

Maybe it's parallel to one version of Marxism I was taught in the 70s--to achieve a revolution you don't make the plight of the workers better, instead, you make it as bad as possible. That way they revolt sooner.

Maybe it's a honor-based game. How can a righteous, Allah-approved government not provide for its children? Or showing that the government is just incompetent.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:05 AM
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2. Seems like yesterday when Gen. Dempsey said he had Baghdad running
like a top. More like a dried-up tap....
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:39 PM
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4. IF it was the work of rebels
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 03:40 PM by rocknation
and not some black-ops squad whose job is to keep the chaos going so Halliburton can keep cashing in. And why didn't anybody figure out how to protect the water pipes after the first attack?

:headbang:
rocknation
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:42 PM
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5. Because US troops are wandering around in the border cities...
...driving thousands of families into the desert. Meanwhile insurgents strike with impunity in Baghdad.
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Mizmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:54 PM
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8. ?
What are you referring to?
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:08 PM
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9. I'm thinking of the al Qaim operation
Which has driven thousands of families out of the city. Chris Allbritton also discusses the smaller operations mounted by the US around the Iraqi border:

Chris Allbritton podcast
http://www.back-to-iraq.com/archives/000882.php
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LiberallyInclined Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:44 PM
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6. gosh, gee-whiz...who coulda seen THAT coming...?
those rebels almost act as if they're using actual tactics...it's almost as if they're thinking militarily...naaaahhh- they're not capapble of that- they're just a bunch of rag-tag insurgents, and WE'RE the GREATEST POWER THAT HAS EVER EXISTED IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND...aren't we?... :eyes:
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K-W Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:50 PM
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7. Its almost like people in the Middle East know how to resist occupation
I wonder how that happened.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:48 PM
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11. DING DING DING! LiberallyInclined, you're our grand prize winner!
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 05:51 PM by rocknation
...they're just a bunch of rag-tag insurgents, and WE'RE the GREATEST POWER THAT HAS EVER EXISTED IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND...
A lesson that we taught those pint-sized rice-freak yellow gooks in Viet Nam in no uncertain terms!!!

:eyes:
rocknation

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drdtroit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:41 PM
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13. Unfortunately, 'Manifest Destiny' once again rears it's ugly head. n/t
:-(
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