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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:52 AM
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Female suicide bomber wounds 7 US troops in Iraq
Female suicide bomber wounds 7 US troops in Iraq
(Reuters)

28 November 2007


BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest blew herself up in a city north of Baghdad, wounding seven US soldiers and five Iraqi civilians, the US military said on Wednesday.

The attack occurred on Tuesday in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad and capital of the ethnically and religiously mixed Diyala province.

Suicide bombings carried out by women are very rare in Iraq.

US commanders have identified Diyala province as one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq after Sunni Islamist Al Qaeda fighters were driven out of their former stronghold in the western province of Anbar.

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http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile...
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:01 AM
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1. What's scary is that suicide bombers could be just about anyone--
how were these troops to know this woman was a danger? Now that we'll supposedly be there for decades, the suicide bombers will have even more reason to be pissed and vengeful--a permanent occupation by infidels. And the troops will start letting down their guard the longer we're there, I'm afraid--if I were over there, interacting with dozens or hundreds of civilians every day while knowing that some hate me enough to blow themselves up just to kill me, I'd be a paranoid wreck.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:21 AM
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2. If I were a gambling woman
I would place my money on she was a woman who lost at least one child to the war and/or occupation.
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:22 AM
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3. I would be betting with you!
:cry:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:25 AM
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4. Or whose husband threatened her because she committed adultery
Which has happened before.
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:06 AM
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5. Its called blow back
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 07:13 AM by NNN0LHI
http://www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,3604,1220673,00...

Most of the coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib has focused on male detainees. But what of the five women held in the jail, and the scores elsewhere in Iraq? Luke Harding reports

Thursday May 20, 2004
The Guardian

The other prisoners

The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not by a digital photograph but by a letter. In December 2003, a woman prisoner inside the jail west of Baghdad managed to smuggle out a note. Its contents were so shocking that, at first, Amal Kadham Swadi and the other Iraqi women lawyers who had been trying to gain access to the US jail found them hard to believe.

The note claimed that US guards had been raping women detainees, who were, and are, in a small minority at Abu Ghraib. Several of the women were now pregnant, it added. The women had been forced to strip naked in front of men, it said. The note urged the Iraqi resistance to bomb the jail to spare the women further shame.

Late last year, Swadi, one of seven female lawyers now representing women detainees in Abu Ghraib, began to piece together a picture of systemic abuse and torture perpetrated by US guards against Iraqi women held in detention without charge. This was not only true of Abu Ghraib, she discovered, but was, as she put it, "happening all across Iraq".

In November last year, Swadi visited a woman detainee at a US military base at al-Kharkh, a former police compound in Baghdad. "She was the only woman who would talk about her case. She was crying. She told us she had been raped," Swadi says. "Several American soldiers had raped her. She had tried to fight them off and they had hurt her arm. She showed us the stitches. She told us, 'We have daughters and husbands. For God's sake don't tell anyone about this.'"

Astonishingly, the secret inquiry launched by the US military in January, headed by Major General Antonio Taguba, has confirmed that the letter smuggled out of Abu Ghraib by a woman known only as "Noor" was entirely and devastatingly accurate. While most of the focus since the scandal broke three weeks ago has been on the abuse of men, and on their sexual humilation in front of US women soldiers, there is now incontrovertible proof that women detainees - who form a small but unknown proportion of the 40,000 people in US custody since last year's invasion - have also been abused. Nobody appears to know how many. But among the 1,800 digital photographs taken by US guards inside Abu Ghraib there are, according to Taguba's report, images of a US military policeman "having sex" with an Iraqi woman.

Taguba discovered that guards have also videotaped and photographed naked female detainees. The Bush administration has refused to release other photographs of Iraqi women forced at gunpoint to bare their breasts (although it has shown them to Congress) - ostensibly to prevent attacks on US soldiers in Iraq, but in reality, one suspects, to prevent further domestic embarrassment.

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