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Residents Blame U.S. for Deadly Attack in Baquba December 23, 2006

Posted by Dan in Main, Middle East, News, Politics.
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The residents in the city of Baquba think that today’s deadly rocket attack against them was the fault of the United States. How on Earth would they know where the rockets came from? They may have come from us; the official government statement is that the incident is under investigation. However, it would not be beneath the insurgency to attack civilians in an effort to sway opinion against the US. In fact, this is a very common method of political war.

Where did the rockets really come from? Unfortunately, we may never know. There are those who will say the US did it no matter what the official investigation turns up, just as there are those who will maintain we had nothing to do with it.

The reality of these missile and rocket attacks is that our weapons are generally extremely accurate…. like fly through a window accurate. When we strike an innocent target, it is usually because of bad intelligence. Someone, somewhere, tasked the structure for attack based on the suspicion that it was being used by the insurgency. In fact, this is what happened twice in the days beginning this most recent Iraq war. Saddam, suspecting US spies were in his administration but unable to identify them, disseminated false intelligence regarding his location. This info reached the Defense Intelligence Agency with very little time left for them to act on it. Decisions were made, and a restaurant was destroyed. Saddam was no where near it.

How do we know this bad Intel came from him? Well, shortly after the strike, he killed one of our spies and subsequently, every mole we had in his government went into hiding. (The program to recruit spies in his government was called “Rock Star.” Look it up!)

BAQUBA, Iraq (CNN) — Residents in Baquba blamed U.S. troops
for a rocket attack that killed six people and wounded six others,
including women and children, a Baquba joint coordination center
official said Saturday.

Rockets landed on a residential neighborhood Friday, leveling one of the houses and partially damaging several others.

It was not known who attacked the town 37 miles northeast of Baghdad, and no one has claimed responsibility.

The U.S. military declined to comment Saturday but said it was investigating the incident.

Baquba, the provincial capital of ethnically mixed Diyala province, is a hot spot for insurgent strongholds.

In the city of Diwaniya, police found the bullet-riddled body of an Iraqi military intelligence officer a day after he had been kidnapped.

Police identified him as Hussein Jabr Hadwan, who was previously employed to protect Iraq’s former interim defense minister Hazem alShaalan.

The bullet-riddled body of a member of the government’s facilities protection force was also found, police said.

Diwaniya, located in Iraq’s Qadisiya province, was the scene of fierce clashes between Shiite militias and the U.S. Army in October.

In Ramadi, coalition forces killed a terrorist and arrested nine insurgents in a raid targeting individuals linked with al Qaeda in Iraq Saturday, the U.S. military announced.

U.S. and Iraqi troops have been fighting insurgents for many months in Ramadi, the capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province.

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