FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Attacks on Polling Stations Leave 13 Dead

Baghdad.

With only three days to go until polling booths open in Iraq’s elections, insurgents determined to disrupt the vote carried out a series of attacks on voting stations yesterday, killing at least 12 Iraqis and one US Marine.

The most serious losses occurred when insurgents blew up a school building in Samarra, north of Baghdad, killing 11 Iraqis and one US Marine. The building was scheduled as a voting centre in Sunday’s election. An Iraqi National Guard soldier was also killed when insurgents targeted a joint US-Iraqi force guarding a voting centre in Ramadi.

In the north, a spate of attacks on seven polling stations in Kirkuk provided further evidence that insurgents were fulfilling their promise to create a climate of intimidation in the days leading up to Sunday’s poll.

Iraqis will choose a 275-member legislature and provincial councils across the country. But the election is expected to be overshadowed by a boycott by Sunni Muslim militants, who fear that the elections will concentrate power in the hands of the Shia majority.

As tension mounted, coalition forces stepped up security operations around Baghdad yesterday. The interim Iraqi government announced it would deploy an additional 2,500 troops to help with the elections and hundreds of US soldiers have also been moved from Camp Liberty, near Baghdad’s main airport, to take up positions at smaller bases scattered around the city.

“We’re hoping to enable the Iraqi security forces to be successful in defending the polling sites so their countrymen can vote,” said Brig Gen John Basilica, commander of the National Guard’s 256th Brigade. “It’s a critical time for them.”

American marines also came under attack yesterday in intermittent clashes with armed fighters near Iskandariyah, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, during which a US Marine died. Another marine was killed yesterday in what the military described as an “accident”. In the capital, the notorious Haifa street was once again the scene of fighting between Iraqi forces and insurgents.

An Iraqi soldier was killed and five civilians injured when a suicide car bomb exploded near a patrol in Baqouba. A hospital in the city also confirmed that the body of a former colonel in Iraqi intelligence under Saddam, Talib Minshid, had been discovered following his earlier abduction.

Weekend Edition
July 20, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Paul Atwood
Peace or Armageddon: Take Your Pick
Paul Street
No Liberal Rallies Yet for the Children of Yemen
Nick Pemberton
The Bipartisan War on Central and South American Women
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Are You Putin Me On?
Andrew Levine
Sovereignty: What Is It Good For? 
Brian Cloughley
The Trump/NATO Debacle and the Profit Motive
David Rosen
Trump’s Supreme Pick Escalates America’s War on Sex 
Melvin Goodman
Montenegro and the “Manchurian Candidate”
Salvador   Rangel
“These Are Not Our Kids”: The Racial Capitalism of Caging Children at the Border
Matthew Stevenson
Going Home Again to Trump’s America
Louis Proyect
Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and the Dilemmas of the Left
Patrick Cockburn
Iraqi Protests: “Bad Government, Bad Roads, Bad Weather, Bad People”
Robert Fantina
Has It Really Come to This?
Russell Mokhiber
Kristin Lawless on the Corporate Takeover of the American Kitchen
John W. Whitehead
It’s All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades as American Politics
Patrick Bobilin
In Your Period Piece, I Would be the Help
Ramzy Baroud
The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible
Robert Fisk
How Weapons Made in Bosnia Fueled Syria’s Bleak Civil War
Gary Leupp
Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference and Public Disgrace
Josh Hoxie
Our Missing $10 Trillion
Martha Rosenberg
Pharma “Screening” Is a Ploy to Seize More Patients
Basav Sen
Brett Kavanaugh Would be a Disaster for the Climate
David Lau
The Origins of Local AFT 4400: a Profile of Julie Olsen Edwards
Rohullah Naderi
The Elusive Pursuit of Peace by Afghanistan
Binoy Kampmark
Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect
John Laforge
18 Protesters Cut Into German Air Base to Protest US Nuclear Weapons Deployment
Christopher Brauchli
Trump and the Swedish Question
Chia-Chia Wang
Local Police Shouldn’t Collaborate With ICE
Paul Lyons
YouTube’s Content ID – A Case Study
Jill Richardson
Soon You Won’t be Able to Use Food Stamps at Farmers’ Markets, But That’s Not the Half of It
Kevin MacKay
Climate Change is Proving Worse Than We Imagined, So Why Aren’t We Confronting its Root Cause?
Thomas Knapp
Elections: More than Half of Americans Believe Fairy Tales are Real
Ralph Nader
Warner Slack—Doctor for the People Forever
Lee Ballinger
Soccer, Baseball and Immigration
Louis Yako
Celebrating the Wounds of Exile with Poetry
Ron Jacobs
Working Class Fiction—Not Just Surplus Value
Perry Hoberman
You Can’t Vote Out Fascism… You Have to Drive It From Power!
Robert Koehler
Guns and Racism, on the Rocks
Nyla Ali Khan
Kashmir: Implementation with Integrity and Will to Resolve
Justin Anderson
Elon Musk vs. the Media
Graham Peebles
A Time of Hope for Ethiopia
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Homophobia in the Service of Anti-Trumpism is Still Homophobic (Even When it’s the New York Times)
Martin Billheimer
Childhood, Ferocious Sleep
David Yearsley
The Glories of the Grammophone
Tom Clark
Gameplanning the Patriotic Retributive Attack on Montenegro
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail