Iraqis Struggle to Understand the Violence
March 31 2011 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact.org
As Democracy inches forward in Iraq there are still daily bombings, attacks, and assassinations. It is not always clear who is doing the killing, but fledgling government officials and workers are often targets of these attempts to destabilize civil society in Iraq.
SOMETIMES THE KILLERS ARE UNKNOWN
After an attack on the Salah al-Din council [56 dead and 91 wounded], a security source said “Three of the local council members were killed in the raid, in addition to reporter of the al-Arabiya channel, Sabah al-Bazi, and Iman Salah, a journalist in al-Ayam al-Sabaa newspaper.” Aswat al-Iraq reported that “Security elements and a cameraman working for al-Fayhaa channel are among casualties.” The death toll is likely to increase as several wounded persons are in critical condition. A member of the security and defense committee in Salahuddin province said the formation of a higher committee will investigate the causes of the terrorist incident, pointing to evidence of penetration in the security services. al-Bayati, member of the council said the terrorist forces will not be able to impose its will on the sons of Salah ad Din province. [Source: alfayhaa]
SOMETIMES THE KILLERS ARE KNOWN
The killers in yesterday's attack on a group of students were easily identified. AswatAlIraq reported today that"A U.S. army patrol opened fire [today] on a bus carrying students in Dour al-Ray [Kirkuk]...injuring a student and damaging the vehicle." This was just after the U.S. headquarters in the region came under missile attack, prompting a search patrol who ended up firing on the innocent civilians after the driver did not understand the order to stop the bus.
Iraqis will build a government for the people, InshaAllah, but it will take the continued courage of those willing to face violent opposition with peaceful work under the rule of law. LaOnf, IraqCivilSociety, and the other Iraqi peace and justice organizations have a long road ahead.
Incidents listed in WarNewsToday for March 31, 2011:
#1: One civilian was wounded on Wednesday by a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, a security source said. “A bomb, stuck to the vehicle of Zuhair Mahdi, a member of the Baghdad council, went off in al-Yarmouk region, western Baghdad, injuring a passing civilian, while the official survived the attack,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#1: One person was killed and two more were wounded in a Katyusha rocket attack on Wednesday evening in central Diwaniya, an army source said on Thursday. "The rocket hit a civilian car near a hospital in central Diwaniya, setting the car ablaze, killing a civilian and injuring two more," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#1: Update Casualties from the armed attack on the Salah al-Din council yesterday reached 56 dead and 91 wounded, a security source said. “Three of the local council members were killed in the raid, in addition to reporter of the al-Arabiya channel, Sabah al-Bazi, and Iman Salah, a journalist in al-Ayam al-Sabaa newspaper,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Security elements and a cameraman working for al-Fayhaa channel are among casualties,” he continued, noting that death toll likely to increase as several wounded persons are in critical condition.
#1: Two persons were wounded on Thursday by a tsicky bomb blast in southwestern Kirkuk, a security source said. "A bomb, stuck to a civilian car, went off in al-Matar street, near al-Maared, southwestern Kirkuk, injuring two civilians," Major Raed Abdulsalam Zankana told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#2: A student was wounded on Thursday by U.S. army fire in southwestern Kirkuk, a police source said. "A U.S. army patrol opened fire on Thursday (March 31) on a bus carrying students in Dour al-Ray neighborhood behind the Kirkuk park in southwestern Kirkuk, injuring a student and damaging the vehicle," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. a passing eyewitness told Aswat al-Iraq news agency that the U.S.
headquarters came under missile attack in the region, forcing the army to send a patrol to search the region. "They ordered the bus driver to stop, but he did not understand the order, forcing them to open fire on the bus, injuring a student."
#1: A civilian man has been killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast south of northern Iraq’s city of Mosul on Wednesday, a Ninewa security source reported. “A civilian man has been killed this morning (Wednesday), in an IED explosion close to his house in southern Mosul’s al-Yousef village,”
#2: A total of 13 civilians were wounded on Wednesday in a hand grenade explosion in central Mosul, a security source said. “Unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade on Wednesday afternoon (March 30) on a police vehicle patrol in Souq al-Shaareen region, central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.