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Thursday, June 23

More of the "Last Throes" and A Training Ground for Future Throes

Everyone remembers Dick Cheney’s comment about the insurgents being in their "last throes". Then there was the reporter who asked Scottie how long a throe lasts. Well, looks to me like the "last throes" have the potential to last a long time; too long. As of last night, 32 more innocent Iraqis are no longer in their last death throes.

"BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Four car bombs exploded at dusk Wednesday, killing at least 23 people, including sidewalk diners and passengers at a bus station. The coordinated attacks served as a chilling reminder of how potent militants remain in the capital despite around-the-clock American and Iraqi troop patrols.

"In all, at least 32 people were killed across Iraq, including a prominent Sunni law professor assassinated by gunmen. Jassim al-Issawi was a former judge who put his name forward at one point to join the committee drafting Iraq's constitution. The assassination appeared aimed at intimidating Sunni Arabs willing to join Iraq's efforts to create a stable political system".

More at The Houston Chronicle.

Training Ground for Last Throes? Mr. Cheney might have it all wrong. The insurgents appear to be in the throes of birth, not death.

Iraq is now a terrorist training ground, CIA says:

"A classified report from the U.S. spy agency says Iraqi and foreign fighters are developing a broad range of deadly skills, from car bombings and assassinations to tightly coordinated conventional attacks on police and military targets, the official said.

"Once the insurgency ends, Islamic militants are likely to disperse as highly organized battle-hardened combatants capable of operating throughout the Arab-speaking world and in other regions including Europe.

"Fighters leaving Iraq would primarily pose a challenge for their countries of origin including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

"But the May report, which has been widely circulated in the intelligence community, also cites a potential threat to the United States".

Yahoo News (link)

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