Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lieberman comes clean

The "I-Conn" admits he's been lying about the situation in Iraq lo these past two years.

"It is clear that for the first time in a long time, there is reason for cautious optimism about Iraq."
What will we tell the children?

Meanwhile, in Neverland.

BAGHDAD, March 27 -- Twin truck bombings killed dozens of people in the northern Iraqi city of Tall Afar, in the deadliest of several attacks across the country on Tuesday, officials said.

At least 63 people were killed in Tall Afar, news services reported. The first blast in the Shiite-dominated city ripped through a parking lot after a bomber lured people to his truck by shouting that he had wheat for sale, said the mayor, Brig. Najim Abdullah. The second bomb exploded in a busy shopping district, crumbling nearby buildings.

Insurgents tried to block ambulances carrying victims to hospitals but fled when police opened fire, news services reported.

In Baghdad, a rocket attack on the heavily fortified Green Zone killed an American soldier and a U.S. government contractor, military and U.S. Embassy officials said. The blast also wounded one American soldier and at least four civilians, they said. The names of the victims were not released. Separately, a Marine was killed during combat in Iraq's western Anbar province.

West of Baghdad, an insurgent leader whose tribe has criticized the rival Sunni group al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed in a car bombing, police said. Harith Thahir al-Dari, a commander of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, was entering his home in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, when two nearby car bombs exploded, killing him and three family members, police said.


BAGHDAD -- Shiite militants and police enraged by massive truck bombings in the northwestern town of Tal Afar went on a revenge spree against Sunni residents there Wednesday, killing as many as 60 people, officials said.

The gunmen began roaming Sunni neighborhoods in the city, shooting at residents and homes, according to police and a local Sunni politician.

Ali al-Talafari, a Sunni member of the local Turkomen Front Party, said the Iraqi army had arrested 18 policemen accused of being involved after they were identified by the Sunni families targeted. But he said the attackers included Shiite militiamen.

He said more than 60 Sunnis had been killed, but a senior hospital official in Tal Afar put the death toll at 45, with four wounded.

The hospital official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns, said the victims were men between the ages of 15 and 60, and they were killed with a shot to the back of the head.

Police said earlier dozens of Sunnis were killed or wounded, but they had no precise figures, and communications problems made it difficult to reach them for an update. The shooting continued for more than two hours, the officials said.

Speaking of Neverland.


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