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Sunday, June 19

Father’s Day Killing and Injury Report

Reuters (link)

There are fewer fathers this afternoon than there were yesterday afternoon and probably there will be even fewer by tomorrow afternoon. Most likely there will be many fewer by next Father’s Day.

“In Baghdad, a suicide bomber eluded a month-long crackdown and killed at least 16 people and wounded 29, many of them police and security guards eating lunch, when he walked into a busy restaurant close to the Green Zone government compound.”

And

"Operation Spear ... will break on the rock of Iraqi solidarity," the Muslim Clerics Association said in a statement, reflecting anger at U.S. military tactics.

"The chief doctor at the area's main hospital in Qaim, Hamdi al-Alusi, said he had seen 10 bodies and treated 17 wounded. Most of those hurt were women and children, he said.

"Remaining residents in Qaim said some families had left before the fighting to live in tents in the desert.”

And

“There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's bombing of the Baghdad restaurant, on a street protected by police checkpoints near an entrance to the government compound.

"The one-room, street-front restaurant was completely devastated with scarcely a stick of blood-spattered furniture intact. Human remains lay on the sidewalk. "Ibn Zanbour," or "Son of the Wasp," was a lively and well-known halt on a strip of grill and kebab establishments along a shaded sidewalk.

"The U.S. military command blames Zarqawi for a surge in violence since the Shi'ite- and Kurdish-dominated government took office in April. Since then more than 1,000 Iraqis and some 120 U.S. troops have been killed in rebel attacks.”

And

“A suicide car bomb attack on a police convoy in Baghdad killed five people and wounded 22, police sources said.

"Three people died and seven were wounded when gunmen opened fire at a market in Iskandariya, just south of the capital.

"Near Tikrit, Saddam's home town north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded nine on Sunday when he drove his car at an army patrol, police said.

"In Mosul, one civilian was killed and eight were wounded when two mortar rounds fell close to the city hall, police said. “


Notice how Father’s day wasn’t played up so much this year? Maybe they didn’t want us to remember all the fathers who have died in Iraq. Maybe they would like us not to concentrate on all those flag draped caskets, the ones with fathers inside. This will be a lot of families’ first Father’s Day without their dad. I’m thinking about those wives and those kids today. For them Father’s Day isn’t Happy.

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