2006 August 13 Sunday
Baghdad Death Toll Hits New High

Another record breaking month in Baghdad.

BAGHDAD, Aug. 9 -- Figures compiled by the city morgue indicated Wednesday that the number of killings in the Iraqi capital reached a new high last month, and the U.S. military said a new effort to bring security to Baghdad will succeed only if Iraqis "want it to work."

The Baghdad morgue took in 1,815 bodies during July, news services quoted the facility's assistant manager, Abdul Razzaq al-Obeidi, as saying. The previous month's tally was 1,595. Obeidi estimated that as many as 90 percent of the total died violent deaths.

Will the big shift of US forces into Baghdad and the increased tempo of patrols for the forces already there decrease the August death toll? Or will the Shias and Sunnis figure out how to sneak and around and kill each in spite of more US troops on the streets?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 August 13 07:04 AM  Mideast Iraq Ethnic Conflict

John S Bolton said at August 14, 2006 2:55 AM:

In past insurgencies the major cities were the easiest to control.
This looks more like Northern Ireland, but much larger and more intense.
The ability to infiltrate the terror groups must be minimal. It could be a police action with no detectives, so to speak.

Big Bill said at August 15, 2006 5:06 AM:

More bodies arrive in the Baghdad morgue in one month than all the seriously wounded AND killed in Israel, more than all those killed in Lebanon. More Baghdadis were killed in a single car bomb blast than Jewish civilians were killed in the entire Lebanese "war". Makes you wonder whether we have lost our sense of proportion.

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