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. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Why do you even bother reporting on this any longer ? I think it's pretty much a give that there will be daily violence in Iraq since we, in our ultimate wisdom, removed the only controlling force there.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Agree. I researche & researched couldn't find a single incident of bomb blast/ suicide bombing prior to our invasion & occupation of Iraq.

    When we in 'our ultimate wisdom' ripped the country apart and opened it for violence to breed this was the writing on the wall.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Even though we don't here much news out of Libya, I fear we helped acheive the same results there.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      I haven't heard much out of Libya. But, it seems we've been waiting a long timr for elections. Maybe, I'm being impatient again.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. high hopes

    Sudam was a tyrant who bombed his own people with nerve gas on several occasions. We just didn't hear much about it because we were supporting him in his war against Iran. I feel for the people because the trained coalition is going to have a hard time keeping law and order.

    Remember, too, the terrorists are coming from Pakistan to reak havoc on the American and NATO forces... that's a fact!

    February 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ high hopes

    A million un-armed civilians died for just being Iraqis or Afghans during our invasion of these countries and the people continue to suffer.
    The insurgent net-work is spread across Afghanistan & pakistan because of the porous border and the fact that they are the same people have always been with traditional routes going back centuries. And we are percieved as their common enemy with the Pakistani govet considered in league with us. hat is a scenario that would never change as long as we are there.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Pakistan is in a league of their own expecting only monetary assistance in exchange for alliance, playing both sides against the middle. I agree that we should leave Afghanistan to their drug lords. Corruption and drug trafficking prevail and is so deeply rooted in their culture it will never change. We have accomplished what we went there for, but until they want change their tactics, there will always be terrorism. Fortunately, for us, terrorist attacks have become scarcer.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ high hopes

    It is a fact that Saddam Hussein was a dictator that ruled with an iron fist. But it is also a fact that he was a stabilizing force. Until we took him out of power, there were not these daily incidents of violence. There really is nothing there now to hold back the tide.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      We can agree to disagree. There has never been stability in Iraq for some time. But, as many of you know, I never supported either one of Bushs' invasions; nor the slaughtering of innocent life or theit infrastructure which resulted in even more death of the innocent, especially children.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    i could see the coalition to get saddam out of kuwait.. gulf war I..

    but since then there has been no reason for american troops in the middle east.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, now you know that the media helped put out that message of "Hussein = Al Quaeda", even thought there was no evidenceof that ever proven.
      Coming on the heels of 9/11, though, it was an effective tool into whipping America into the willingness needed to back up the thought of going to war with Iraq.
      Hussein was bad.
      But that's not why we went.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Kuwait was a scam...

      February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      in fact, saddam hated bin laden, and vice versa. as we all know, saddam and his sons weren't very good muslims.. in bin ladens eyes.. saddam was king, not allah

      February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      It's ALL a scam, if you ask me, which you didn't, but I told you anyway.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, lee, I know...which is why the whole Iraq and Al Quaeda thing was such BS.
      He used any means possible to get the US into Iraq.
      Plain and simple, he used our patriotism against us.
      Follow the cash.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. high hopes


    We went to Iraq twice. 1) Kuwait 2) weapon reports that later turned out false

    We went to Afghanistan in search of Bin Laden after 9/11.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BradleyMANningARMY


    Are they saints? Bradley is nominated for the Nobel Boy Scouting Peace award > can they do NO wrong
    in every country... including America > ARE THEY SAINTS? > no matter what they do? How about their crazy women?

    February 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    High hopes:
    I was referring to Iraq II, and the reasons we went there.
    Not at all confused.
    Without mentioning any names, that's how the prez got us into Iraq II: "Hussein blah blah blah...and he's got ties to Al Queada."...We think there's WMD there...and he's got ties to AL Quaeda."...see where i'm going here?

    So soon after 9/11, inferring that Hussein was tied to Al Queada would ensure that the invasion would have support.

    February 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      We went to war with Iraq for the second time after 9/11.
      Both invasions were after 9/11.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Got you! It's called paint your prior ally as a monster and rally the troops. BTW neither Bush Sr. (Kuwait) nor Jr. (Fake Weapons Reports) had Congress approval before deploying troops.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Jr. took office after some controversy over who won (he lost but opponent conceded) and 9/11 happened in the year he took office. Another scam perpetrated by his brother, then governor of Florida.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      That's right election in November 2000; took office in January, 2001.


      February 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Exactly, Hope!
      When we didn't immediately get OBL, B II started his media campaign on the phony WMD and Hussein, throwing in the gratuitious false 'Al Quaeda' ties to whip up the emotions of the American people into backing his invasion of Iraq.
      Which he got.
      There were never any WMD, and it wasn't about a possible tie with AQ and OBL; he wanted to get into Iraq, and he did.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Exactly, banasy!

      The terrorist group that's causing trouble in Iraq are based in Pakistan, Hamas. With Al Q taking credit for some of the bombing attacks. Al Q has.fragments all over the middle east but rule in Afghanistan. Atleast, that's my understanding.

      February 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      They have factions in Iraq *now*, but they weren't a presence there when Sadam was in power.
      That was just a tactic to help bolster B II's excuse to invade.
      At the time, Al Quaeda was the most recognizable, and most feared, terrorist group in the US; B II took advantage of that fear, and us, to achieve his agenda.
      Fear works.
      He got us there.

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

    We invaded Afghanistan in October, 2001 and Iraq in March 2003 under Jr

    February 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    As for saddam's invasion of Kuwait triggering our first military intervention, those of you who happened to learn of the infamous meeting between our ambassador to Iraq Glaspie and Saddam on the morning of July 25, 1990 would know our intentions.
    various transcripts of that meeting have since been published before they were pulled. It became obvious to the world that Saddam got a nod from us to go into Kuwait.
    Incidentally after those transcripts were published Glaspie too was pulled from the public eye. No one knows what happened to her. There were some reports that she was killed in some auto accident.
    Go figure.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      Yep! Hussein kept telling us, but with false reports of Iraqi soldiers raping women and pulling babies out of incubators, no one believed him. Incidently, his forces didn't even get close to Kuwait City where these things were falsely reported to have taken place.

      What I could never figure out was why Sr. did it.

      February 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      I remember that... Hussein had asked the US if he could reestablish his original border between Iraq and Kuwait. Maybe because of a border deal that was made with Iran to end their war with Iran. I'd have to do research to see if Iraq conceded land to Iran in the cease fire

      February 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scooby Doo

    What do you call a dog with no legs?

    Don't matter what you call him, he ain't gonna come. ūüėČ

    February 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mind intentionally left blank...

    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mind intentionally left blank...

    Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time – I think I've forgotten this before.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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