News DAMF: Strolling in Baghdad
posted by April 18 at 8:39 AMon
How’s the surge working out?
Last week we were told that a deadly bombing in Karbala was the result of our troops surging into Baghdad, making it so hard for insurgents to operate in the Iraqi capitol that they quit Baghdad for other cities. Then came the bombing of the Iraq parliament building inside the must-always-described-as-heavily-foritified Green Zone. And today… bombs are going off all over Baghdad. The body count ranges from 127 to 170.
We’re two months into the surge—the surge John McCain told us was working. We’re making progress, buying carpets, and Baghdad is safe for strolling. Or not. From the NYT:
U.S. officials had cited a slight decrease in sectarian killings in Baghdad since the U.S.-Iraqi crackdown was launched Feb. 14. But the past week has seen several spectacular attacks on the capital, including a suicide bombing inside parliament and a powerful blast that collapsed a landmark bridge across the Tigris River.
”We’ve seen both inspiring progress and too much evidence that we still face many grave challenges,” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. ”We’ve always said securing Baghdad would not be easy.”