Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Will Bush Tap Rummy's Phone?
After all, we're tapping the phones of anyone making overseas phone calls that are also involved in bombing innocent people...|
U.S. Airstrike on House Enrages Local Iraqi OfficialsNow that the insurgency is in its "last throes" and there are thousands of trained Iraqi troops ready to take over security, isn't it about time to stop aerial bombardment of suspected insurgent positions? Or will Alberto Gonzales be announcing air strikes targeting suspected drug dealers' homes within the US during the coming year. After all, there's a war on drugs, too...
By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 3 - United States warplanes dropped bombs on a home near Bayji Monday night that Iraqi officials said killed nine members of a family and wounded three more.
American military officials confirmed the attack today and said the bombs were dropped after an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft recorded three men planting a bomb next to a road about 9 p.m. After the men were tracked to a nearby building, United States warplanes bombed the structure with "precision guided munitions," the military said.
But enraged Iraqi officials in Bayji, about 150 miles north of Baghdad, said today the attack was unjustified and killed an innocent family. A preliminary investigation of the blast site indicated that the airstrike killed the wife of the home's owner, his daughter-in-law and seven other family members, including one son who worked for the police, said Maj. Muthanna al-Qaisi, a spokesman for the governor of the Saluhaddin province.
(Source: New York Times)