Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 1/19/2011

LastDayWatchers more of the so-called Iraq "Awakening" being put to sleep as

Twin suicide blasts kill 16 in central Iraq

"A suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives into a security headquarters on Wednesday, killing 14 people in the second major attack against Iraqi forces in as many days.


Another suicide attack in a nearby town killed two others and wounded a top provincial official, shattering a relative calm in Iraq since the formation of a new government by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki last month.


"I was on my way to the market close to the building when I saw the ambulance arrive at the entrance," 53-year-old Sumaya Sabr, who suffered wounds to her head in the first blast, said from her hospital bed in Baquba, capital of Diyala province and site of the first attack.


"The guards tried to speak to the driver, and when they got close to the ambulance, it blew up. I can't remember anything else -- I woke up in the hospital."


The blast killed 14 people and wounded 120 others, according to Faris al-Azzawi, a spokesman for the provincial health department.


The morning bombing in central Baquba, a restive and ethnically mixed city north of Baghdad, targeted an office of the Force Protection Service"


"It was the third straight day of attacks around the country, most targeting places where Iraq's minority Sunnis, once a bedrock of the country's insurgency, have decided to participate in government" 

On Tuesday, a bomber killed 60 people seeking jobs with the police in Tikrit, the hometown of the late leader Saddam Hussein. The day before, the Sunni governor of western Anbar province survived a bomb attack on his convoy.


In one of Wednesday's attacks, the bomber had sped his car inside the headquarters compound of the Facilities Protection Service, a special force responsible for guarding public buildings and smaller state offices. The blast flattened the building in Baqubah, Diyala's capital"


Separately, the deputy chairman of the provincial council, Sadiq Jaffar, was wounded in a town in the vicinity of Baqubah when a suicide car bomb exploded near a tent where the Shiite politician was meeting religious pilgrims on their way south to the Shiite shrine city of Karbala. At least three people were killed and 26 wounded in the blast, officials said"

God curse of the Bush/Obama Administrations continues

In Afghanistan, a roadside bomb has killed 20 civilians, including six women and 13 children

"The device went off as a rickshaw hit it on Wednesday morning.


The incident took place in Nawi Kali area, Khoshamand district of Paktika province, which is on Afghanistan's border region with Pakistan, where Taliban fighters have hideouts.


Afghanistan's interior ministry has blamed the attack on "enemies of Afghanistan's people", a phrase often used by officials to refer to the Taliban.


Afghanistan National Police has launched an investigation into the case.


A total of 28 Afghan civilians have now been killed in three roadside bombings in the last four days.


The latest incident comes three days after nine civilians, including six women, two men and a child, died in a roadside bombing in northern Afghanistan when they were travelling to a wedding on a road often used by foreign forces.


A day earlier, another roadside bomb killed six people travelling in a minibus in the Sangin district of Helmand province in the troubled south.


Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or home-made bombs are the weapon of choice for insurgents and are a frequent cause of death for civilians as well as foreign troops in Afghanistan.


Afghan officials say that last year 2,043 civilians died as a result of Taliban attacks and military operations targeting the fighters"

"Wednesday's deaths, in a restive province bordering Pakistan, were the latest toll in what has become a national scourge: powerful homemade bombs hidden alongside roads, in fields, on village pathways, killing and injuring not only indiscriminately but in greater numbers than at any point in the nine-year war"

Which causes the rise of the Little Horn along with its partners

"While Saudi Arabia may have decided to pull out, Qatar and Turkey are pushing forward, meeting leaders in Lebanon and Syria, which is a major supporter of the opposition"

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has warned Israel, the US and some European nations on Wednesday to stop their "sedition" in Lebanon or the people there would "chop" their hands.


"You are on a rough downhill path that will take you into a deep valley and your actions show that your decline is on a fast track," Ahmadinejad told a cheering crowd in the city of Yazd in a speech broadcast live on state television.


"With these actions, you are damaging your reputation. Stop your interference. If you don't stop your sedition [in Lebanon], then the Lebanese nation and regional countries will cut your nasty, plotting hand."


On Tuesday, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister, and Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, met with Saad Hariri, the son of the slain leader, who is staying on as a caretaker prime minister, the officials also met with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader

"[Whether] you like it or not, Iran is a powerful player in the region," he said. "There is no doubt about that -- and with a nuclear capability, peaceful of course."

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, told a group of reporters at the Iranian mission in New York that his country wanted to be treated fairly and with respect in Istanbul. He accused Obama of failing to live up to his promise to engage with Iran two years ago.


"We believe that this policy, or this intention, or this slogan, has not been successful in many areas, including engagement with Islamic countries, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran," Khazaee said.


"Some mistakes that during the time of President (George W.) Bush were happening, now are happening again," he added. "We look at the results."


Bush was reluctant to negotiate with Iran and his administration focused on isolating the Islamic Republic"

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