Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Gunmen kill two guards at Baghdad stock exchange

"Two guards at Baghdad's stock exchange were killed in clashes with gunmen trying to battle their way into the building on Sunday, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.

"Four gunmen tried to force their way into the Baghdad stock exchange. Clashes erupted when the guards tried to stop them, and two guards were killed," the official said.

He said the attackers detonated a bomb in a vehicle parked close, wounding four civilians, then fled on foot to the nearby Sayidat al-Nejat church, which was among six targeted by deadly car bombings on August 1, 2004.

Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said police had surrounded the church, although it was not immediately clear if the gunmen were still inside.

Residents of the Karada district where the drama unfolded said they heard a large explosion and gunfire.

Violence has abated in Iraq since its peak in 2006-2007, but deadly bombings, gunfights and kidnappings are still routine."

Fighters attack church in Baghdad

"A group of armed men have attacked a Christian church in the centre of the Iraqi capital, setting off bombs and engaging in skirmishes with security forces.

Police said two security guards were killed in the attack on Sunday, which some police sources said had initially targeted the nearby Iraqi stock exchange.

"It is an armed attack on the Our Lady of Salvation church. Three explosions occurred and our forces are surrounding the area," Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the Baghdad operations command, said.

"What's really going on isn't clear to us yet."

Seven hostages killed in Baghdad church

"Seven worshippers were killed and at least 13 wounded in a rescue operation to end a hostage drama at a church in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, ministry officials said.

"We have released the hostages but, unfortunately, we regret the deaths of seven of them, while another 20 were wounded," said an interior ministry official.

A defence ministry official also said seven hostages were killed but gave a wounded toll of 13 out of some 40 worshippers who were seized by gunmen until Iraqi and US forces mounted a joint rescue operation"

Consider the fact; that contrary to the propaganda of Manasseh that would have you believe the "insurgents" have been "disrupted" & "diminished", notice how after a decade of war, the U.S. are still defending bases!

Haqqani Network suffered heavy losses in assault on Paktika outpost

"The Haqqani Network suffered heavy losses in yesterday's massed assault on a US combat outpost in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. The International Security Assistance Force estimated that 78 Haqqani Network fighters were killed and said two more were captured, while Afghan officials claimed that more than 80 fighters had been killed.

Haqqani Network forces launched the attack just after midnight on Oct. 30, attacking Combat Outpost Margah in Paktika's Bermal district from four sides while mortar and rocket teams fired on the troops

Top US military commanders, including General David Petraeus, have claimed that the Haqqani Network's leadership has been disrupted by the heavy regimen of special operations forces raids that have killed or captured scores of mid- and senior-level commanders and facilitators.

Some US military and intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal disagree, however, and said the latest attack is an indication that the Haqqani Network remains cohesive, despite the failure of the attack.

"Planning, organizing, and executing a complex attack involving hundreds of fighters, mortar teams, and support elements requires command and control, and the Haqqanis still have those capabilities," a military intelligence officer said. "As long as they are untouchable in Pakistan, they'll be able to carry out attacks such as the one at COP Margah. And they only need to succeed once; overrunning a US base would have a devastating impact."

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Iraqi Shia bloc rejects Saudi offer

"The National Alliance, Iraq's main Shia bloc, has turned down a Saudi offer to host all-party talks to resolve months of deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government.

The offer was turned down on Sunday after some politicians voiced fears over foreign interference. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had a day earlier volunteered to host the talks in November.

The National Alliance, a coalition of Shia blocs, including that of incumbent prime minister,
Nouri al-Maliki's coalition, said that a deal in Baghdad was close after the highest court ordered parliament to resume sessions last week.

"The Saudi offer is not new, they have done this in the past. It is also an Arab offer under the umbrella of 22 Arab nations," he said.

"The immediate reaction of some parties rejecting the offer indicates that there's a hidden agenda. Any offer to solve the problems should be taken seriously."

The National Alliance named al-Maliki as its nominee for a second term on October 1 despite dissent within the coalition.

"Maliki has got the support from Iranians to form the government. Iranians are not going to give up the power in Iraq easily."

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