Bloody Iraq

I don’t really hear anyone talk about Iraq much anymore. I guess the mission has been accomplished, or it just became too inconvenient to talk about since the same news organizations who would tell you about it now were beating the war drums in the first place and maybe they think you will forget about it if they quit talking about it.

On a whim I decided to look into the number of deaths in Iraq in 2013 alone and it’s been a bloody year.   In August alone nearly 400 civilians have been killed.

Tuesday 13 August: 24 killed.

Madaen: 5 by car bomb.
Kirkuk: 3 policemen by IED.
Beiji: 2 by IED.
Mosul: 3 by gunfire.
Ramadi: 1 by car bomb.
Sirin: 2 by mortars.
Suqour: 1 by AED.
Tikrit: 4 by IEDs.
Basra: 1 by gunfire.
Al-Qanater: 2 by IEDs.

August casualties so far: 364 civilians killed.
Monday 12 August: 37 killed

Balad: 23 by suicide bomber.
Muqdadiya: 6 by IED.
Baquba: 5 by IEDs.
Falluja: 2 by gunfire.
Al-Sheikh Hamad: 1 policeman in clashes.

August casualties so far: 340 civilians killed.
Sunday 11 August: 8 killed

Mosul: 3 by gunfire, IED.
Balad: 2 by gunfire.
Buhriz: 2 Sahwa members by gunfire.
Baghdad: 1 by gunfire.

August casualties so far: 303 civilians killed.
Saturday 10 August: 94 killed

Baghdad: 52 killed in bomb attacks.
Tuz Khurmato: 11 by suicide bomber.
Karbala: 5 by car bomb.
Nasiriya: 4 by car bomb.
Kirkuk: 1 by car bomb.
Mosul: 8 in bomb attacks.
Hilla: 9 by gunfire.
Dujail: 2 by gunfire.
Falluja: 1 by AED.
Muqdadiya: 1 by IED.

August casualties so far: 295 civilians killed.
Friday 9 August: 6 killed

Tikrit: 3 by AED, gunfire.
Baghdad: 2 by gunfire.
Falluja: 2 policemen by suicide bomber.

August casualties so far: 201 civilians killed.
Thursday 8 August: 5 killed

Baghdad: 1 by IED.
Ramadi: 1 by IED.
Balad: 1 policeman by gunfire.

Tikrit: 2 by gunfire.

August casualties so far: 195 civilians killed.
Wednesday 7 August: 34 killed

Tikrit: 18 killed by gunfire, IED, car bomb.
Ramadi: 2 women by IED.
Falluja: 1 by gunfire.
Mussayab: 1 by AED.
Mosul: 3 by IEDs.
Dhuluiya: 3 policemen by IED.
Shirqat: 1 by AED.
Baquba: 2 by gunfire.
Diyala: 1 body in river.
Karma: 1 by gunfire.
Qadisiya: 1 by IED.

August casualties so far: 190 civilians killed.

This information and much more is available here


I don’t know how many people were killed during a two week span under Saddam but I’d be very surprised if it ever reached the levels we’ve seen in the last 10 years.  The same website estimates roughly 120,000 civilians have been killed since the US invasion in 2003.  That’s about the entire population of Fort Collins Colorado, it’s hard to fathom.

Is this what you thought would happen when we invaded?  Is this what we were promised?  We were lead to believe we were freeing these people from oppression not signing their death warrants.  The people who lied us into war are murderers.  War criminals.  Profiteers and traitors.  They should all be held accountable.

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