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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Iraq: U.N.: IRAQ DEATH TOLL SURGED OVER LAST 2 MONTHS

Report cites hundreds more deaths, many as a result of torture

MSNBC
September 20, 2006

BAGHDAD---Hundreds more Iraqis died in violence in July and August than in the two previous months, many of them tortured to death because of their religion with cables, acid and power drills, a U.N. report said on Wednesday.

The July total of 3,590 deaths was unprecidented, it said, while the August figure of 3,009, though lower, was also among the worst yet.

In its previous report two months ago, it gave a combined figure of 5, 818 for the two months of May and June. The latest two-month figure shows an increase of more than 13% over that number, which it described as a sharp surge at the time.

"Hundreds of bodies have continued to appear throughout the country bearing signs of severe torture and execution-style killing," it said in a statement announcing its latest report.

"Terrorist attacks, the growth of militias, the emergence of organized crime reflects a lack of centralized and authorized control over the use of forces in the country, which results in indiscriminate killings of civilians," it said.

Sunnis and Shiites were kidnapped by rival militia and tortured for information about their sect, it said.

"Detainees' bodies show signs of beating using electrical cables, wounds in different parts of their bodies, including the head and genitals, broken bones of legs and hands, electric and cigarette burns," it said.

"Bodies found at the Medico-legal Institute often bears signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones, missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails."


Numbers game

Finding relaible data about deaths in Iraq is difficult. The United Nations obtains its figure from morgues and the Iraqi Health Ministry. Morgues no longer provide independent information to the media.

***A move made by Bush.

The U.S. report gave no breakdown for the kind of attacks that led to the deaths.

The U.S. military has said its own figure for the "murder rate" in Baghdad halved in August, but Washington has not explained how it arrived at the figure," which it says does not include deaths in bombings and mass attacks.

***Does anyone remember the "Pentagon Papers?"

Violence in Iraq worsened sharply this year after an attack on a Shiite shrine in February triggered tit-for-tat sectarian killings.

Washington says a decrease in killings in August was a result of a crackdown it launched in scattered neighborhoods in Baghdad, part of a new strategy unveiled in July to focus the efforts of its 147,000-strong force on the capital.

***But there was no decrease in August killings!


Even higher death tolls?

So far, the figures for September look likely to RISE.

Last weeks saw a surge in the number of bodies of tortured and bound victims found dumped on the streets of Baghdad. U.S. commanders acknowledge that the overall level of violence in the city has risen even if it has fallen in areas they target.

The past four days have seen a number of large-scale bombings that killed scores in cities in the northern and western sectors where U.S. troops have been drawn down to reinforce the capital.

AND U.S. COMMANDERS SAY THEY EXPECT A SURGE IN VIOLENCE WITH THE START OF THE RAMADAN HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK.

***So who are you going to beleive? Washington or the U.S. commandrs on the ground in Iraq? Boy, Bush is really flip-flopping on this one. He said he was going to listen to the boots on the ground, remember? But, because those boots on the ground aren't giving him good reports, he's going to listen to Washington! WHAT A SPACE-CADET!!!!!!!



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