The violence in Iraq continues to escalate as more shootings and bombings claimed the lives of seven policemen on Sunday. Since American troops left in December of 2011, the violence in Iraq continues to claim lives and more than likely push them ever closer to civil war.
There have been more deaths in Iraq this year than last and June was the bloodiest month until July 23. On that day, 108 Iraqis were killed with 300 wounded in coordinated terrorist attacks across Iraq. It was the single bloodiest day since May 2010.
Those attacks came only days after insurgents vowed to topple Iraq’s weakened government. The strikes took place in 37 separate attacks throughout the country, setting off car bombs, storming a military base, attacking policemen in their homes and ambushing checkpoints.
The terrorists seem to continue their attacks on innocent civilian and public servants trying to maintain order in Iraq. It’s reported that al-Qaida is trying to recapture the strongholds they used to hold in Iraq but were driven from them by coalition troops.
The seven police officers were killed in a combined drive-by shooting and two bombings. The attacks came before dawn in Fallujah, which was once an insurgent stronghold. Nine other policemen were wounded in the attacks. Fallujah was the place where U.S. forces fiercely battled Sunni insurgents in 2004. That battle was said to be the turning point of the Iraq war.
The Marine Corps Times website reports, “After the attacks Sunday, security forces sealed off all roads leading into Fallujah and imposed a curfew on the city, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad.” Officials say that explosives packed vehicles were blown up within a few minutes of each other.
One explosion happened in Fallujah and another in a nearby village of Karma. The explosion was timed in Karma to explode as police were driving by it. The explosion killed three police and minutes later insurgent gunmen opened fired on the police station in Karma killing four more police officers.
The gunmen escaped apprehension. These attacks seem to further cement the insurgent’s vow of causing chaos and bringing the Iraq government to its knees. It would appear that al-Qaida in Iraq is desiring a comeback in Anbar and other Sunni areas. They have launched dozens of deadly attacks since last weekend’s statement by Islamic State of Iraq leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In that statement the terrorist stated that the militant group would push back into its former strongholds. It’s reported that thousands of Iraqis have died in multiple attacks since our troops left there.
These attacks come on the heels of a report released from U.S. auditors that said over $200 million was wasted on training Iraq policemen. The report concluded with, “the decision to embark on a major program absent Iraqi buy-in has been costly” and resulted in “a de-facto waste.”
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