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Friday's anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s arrest sees the country struggling with a resurgent al Qaeda and a death rate double that of a decade ago.
FRIDAY is the tenth anniversary of an event that very few people seem to want to celebrate these days – the capture in Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
Ten years on from his capture, Saddam's legacy still haunts Iraq
For most Americans, it is a reminder of a mission that went badly wrong, while for many Iraqis, Saddam's rule is now looked at as a time of relative peace and security.
One thing in Iraq that hasn't gone away since Saddam's time is the atrocious violence, the violence has waxed and waned ever since, peaking at 3,000 deaths per month during the Sunni-Shia civil war of 2006-7, and dropping off to roughly 200 a month for much of 2010, now, thanks to a resurgence of al-Qaeda in the past year, it is back to up to nearly 1,000 a month – roughly twice what it was when Saddam was caught.
Things simply got worse, as many Iraqis who hadn't previously avoided fighting for that they might help Saddam get to power again then felt free to join in. Foreign militants from al-Qaeda were also in on the act by then, fusing the anti-US jihad with a sectarian agenda
Rest assured though, there's more reason than 500 freed prisoners to flee Iraq
Twenty-five suspects held on terrorism charges, some facing the death penalty, escaped early Friday from a prison north of Baghdad, killing two guards and raising the question of whether they had received inside help, security officials said. The prison is where Saddam Hussein was hanged in 2006.
In other attacks on Friday, a car bombing in a public market in Madaen, a Sunni-majority city southeast of Baghdad, killed six people and wounded 15 others, and in the nearby suburb of Nahrawan, another car bombing killed four and wounded 12, according to the police.
The lukewarm, gullible sleepwalkers thinks God curse over the land area's to the homes of the Pawn of Satan George W Bush has dissipated; because they fail to look
A little deeper and examine the state of reservoirs in Texas and you’ll see a different story. (The Drought Monitor Map tracks soil moisture, not reservoir levels.) Overall, the state’s reservoirs are only 63 percent full, according to data from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).
In the western half of the state, many are empty are empty or near-empty, even in the wetter eastern half of Texas, which saw above-average precipitation recently, you’ll find some reservoirs that are less than half full:
What comes next? The latest three-month drought outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), In short, the drought is forecast to get worse for parts of the state that needs rain the most. For the eastern half of Texas,