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Remember that the war in Iraq is over.

Shouldn’t we call it a police state like we do with Viet Nam?

Suicide Car Blast Kills 68 People in Iraq
By HADI AWAD

BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) - A suicide car bomb exploded on a busy downtown boulevard in Baqouba on Wednesday, reducing a bus full of passengers to a charred wreck, ripping through nearby shops and killing at least 68 Iraqis in one of the deadliest single insurgent attacks since the U.S. invasion.

Dozens of burned bodies were strewn in the street and piled on curbsides, and vehicles, fruit stalls and shops were a bloody tangle of twisted metal from the blast, which targeted Iraqis lined up outside a police recruiting station. Most of the victims were civilians or from among the hundreds of men waiting to join the force.

“These were all innocent Iraqis, there were no Americans,’’ an angry man shouted as Iraqis tried to cover the dead with pieces of cardboard.

The attack, the deadliest since Americans handed power to an Iraqi government June 28, came three days ahead of a national conference aimed at creating an interim assembly - widely considered a vital step toward democracy. Iraqi officials have warned attacks could intensify as the country tries to move forward.

Elsewhere, U.S. and other coalition forces were caught in fierce gunbattles with militants in two cities. 


Posted by SPN on 07/28 at 01:24 PM in International

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