February 28th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Violence ripples across Iraq, leaves 8 dead

A series of attacks across the Iraqi capital left seven people dead and nine wounded Tuesday, while another attack killed a local leader and wounded his guard in Fallujah.

Police say four young men, all family members, were found shot dead in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City, considered a stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the country's influential Ahrar party. His political bloc recently joined with former rival and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, forging a tenuous political alliance in spite of persistent violence throughout the capital.

A juvenile detention center worker was also shot dead by gunmen in Baghdad's southeastern al-Ameen neighborhood, police said. And roadside bombs in two different Baghdad neighborhoods left at least one other person dead and wounded eight others.

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  1. saywhat

    @ high hopes.
    John Kellys testimony to the Congress on july 31,1990 which was widely published in papers around the world including Baghdad makes it pretty obvious that we encouraged Saddam to invade Kuwait. There were also reports that we pursuaded Kuwait to lower oil prices and not give in to Saddam for talks on the border dispute, to provoke Sddam.
    As to why B sr. did it and why there were plans to invade Iraq even before all that is a big question? Maybe someone can shed some light.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. high hopes

    I know Hussein attacked the Kurds using missiles laced with nerve gas DURING the time he was our ally. It wasn't reported about very much, in fact, few people knew about it until AFTER the Kuwait fiasco. From what I remember his troops had gone to a village gassed them, then set the village afire. The report I saw showed a family, mother, father and several children huddled in the corner of a basement charred. The streets were filled with people, mostly men, who died from the gas... strewn all over the side of the road.

    Could it be they were testing WMD's and Sr. didn't want us to kmow his involvement?

    February 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |

    guys dnt forget a juvenile detention center
    worker was also shot dead

    February 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. high hopes

    Say What:

    Why do you think?

    One other thing:

    Under the Clinton administration, the military had taken a MAJOR cut in spending the previous year. Remember things were looking up. It was the lst year since Kennedy administration we had a surplus.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    I'm not sure @ high hopes.But one thing is for sure Iraq occupation was on the cards much before Saddam's Kuwait misadventure and long before 9/11 which served or was orchestrated (?) to serve as 'Pear Harbor.

    Do you think that 'surplus' was what was needed for B jr to fulfill his father's agenda??

    February 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. high hopes

    Nope. It was used to pay against our national debt.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. catpaw

    Government by murder. That's one way a vote can make a difference.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
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