Monday, March 30, 2009

Baghdad Awakening group disarmed

. . . so the NYT now reports. The "rebels" have stood down (some evidently are still being detained) after assurances were made that they'd be given jobs with the Iraq security forces - or so says General Odierno's top aide. Oddly, no statement to that effect from an Iraqi government official. And I have to wonder how eager the Maliki government truly is to bring these (Sunni) guys into the (predominantly Shiite) security forces. And will this signal to other discontented Sunni Awakening groups that if they too rise up, they can get promises of such jobs?

The end of the report is quite sad, both for the loss of life noted and because of the "and-in-other-news" wallpaper presentation of those losses:

Elsewhere in Iraq on Monday, the daily series of killings continued in Mosul, with 10 dead, and Diyala, with 3 dead.

In Mosul, a policeman was killed by a roadside bomb, the head of a local government district was killed by a group of gunmen outside city offices, another roadside bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers, an unidentified sniper shot and killed a policeman, a gunmen killed a civilian, and an insurgent and an Iraqi Army soldier were killed in a shootout at a checkpoint, according to police accounts. In addition, the medical examiner reported that two bodies were found in Mosul.

In Diyala Province, a bicycle packed with explosives detonated among a group of laborers outside the electricity department offices in the city of Baquba, killing 3 and wounding 14, three of them severely, a security official said, declining to be further identified because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. He also said that the Iraqi Army arrested two police officers just east of Baquba after finding bombs and detonators in their car.

Just another day, huh? . . .

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