Sunday, December 10, 2006

Iraqi Govt Steps Up

Saddam Hussein's conviction...fifty-seven Interior Ministry officials, including a few high-ranking officers, charged in the Iraqi courts with human rights abuses, alleging the torture of hundreds of detainees in Baghdad...Iraqi lawmakers to debate legislation that would allow former members of Saddam's Baath Party to return to government jobs. These are some of the steps that the Iraqi government is taking in order to get a handle on the civil bloodshed that has run rampant since the U.S. entered Iraq back in 2003. Meanwhile, a recent study of 163 nations ranked Iraq one of the most corruption-ridden countries in the world, The New York Times reported. No kidding. Only Haiti ranked lower than Iraq in the survey, and Iraq was tied with Guinea and Myanmar for their corruption level. It won't get better overnight. Baby steps...

The 872nd in Iraq.

U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are greeted by students and faculty of Kahnarbat Primary School in Alabara, Iraq

U.S. Army Sgt. Katherine Tripp, with 982nd Signal Company, tightens her helmet on Forward Operating Base Marez, Iraq, Oct. 22, 2006, as she prepares to go on mission in a Stryker with Soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.

U S Army Spc Jeremy Wicklund provides security as Sgt Allen Ronnei cuts the lock of the entrance gate of a home during a cordon and search mission in Baghdad, Iraq.

+ Secessionist government of Somaliland convicts nine people, including Sheik Mohammed Ismail, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks
+ Suicide car bomb kills seven in Iraq ++++ 10 US Soldiers Killed In Iraq Bomb Attack
+ Job seekers killed in Iraq bomb attack ++++ At least 132 dead in Iraq bomb attacks
+ Interview: Life After War: Colby Buzzell, Killing Time in Iraq
+ 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists Announced


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