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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:23 AM
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Car-bombers defy all odds
By Mike Davis

NEWS ITEM: Two truck bombs struck markets in Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people. One of the blasts occurred when an explosives-laden truck was detonated by remote control while people gathered to buy the flour it was carrying in a Shi'ite neighborhood in the center of the city, 420 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

Despite heroic reassurances from both the White House and the Pentagon that the six-week-old US escalation in Baghdad and al-Anbar province is proceeding on course, suicide car-bombers continue to devastate Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods, often under the noses of reinforced US patrols and checkpoints.

Indeed, February was a record month for car bombings, with at least 44 deadly explosions in Baghdad alone, and March promises to duplicate the carnage.

Car bombs, moreover, continue to evolve in horror and lethality. In January and March, the first chemical "dirty bomb" explosions took place using chlorine gas, giving potential new meaning to President George W Bush's missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Asia Times
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:30 AM
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1. Suicide Bombers Detonate Chlorine Bombs in Fallujah, Wounding GIs
BAGHDAD Suicide bombers detonated explosives on trucks carrying highly toxic chlorine in Fallujah on Wednesday, wounding about 15 U.S. and Iraqi security forces, although the attackers were blocked from reaching government buildings, the American military said.

The chlorine gas attack was the eighth launched since Jan. 28, when a suicide bomber driving a dump truck filled with explosives and a chlorine tank struck a quick-reaction force and Iraqi police in Ramadi, killing 16 people.

The military said Iraqi soldiers and police prevented Wednesday's attackers from setting off the bombs at the Fallujah government center.

The statement did not give a breakdown of how many Iraqi and U.S. forces were wounded. Iraqi soldiers and police were being treated for breathing troubles, nausea, skin irritation and vomiting symptoms of chlorine gas inhalation.

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