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Reuters and AP are reporting that a carbomb went off at a recruiting station for the new Iraqi army in Baghdad. So far the on-line stories are saying about 15 dead, 50 injured, but AFP is saying 33 dead, 127 injured, citing medical officials. (I'll post a link when one becomes available.)

And so it goes...

Update [2004-6-17 3:4:43 by gong]: Bloomberg has the AFP story.

Update [2004-6-17 5:20:41 by gong]: The AFP story is up, with some more details. They're now saying 32 dead, though Aljazeera's estimate has gone up to 35. Apparently the attack occurred as about 100 applicants had congregated to learn whether or not they'd been accepted into the new army.

Originally posted to gong on Wed Jun 16, 2004 at 11:49 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  BBC says (none)
    25 dead, 70 injured.


    "In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it." - Donald Rumsfeld, "Rumsfeld's Rules", WSJ 1/29/01

    by reef the dog on Wed Jun 16, 2004 at 11:55:04 PM PDT

  •  But think of all the people who weren't killed... (none)
    That's how we should look at it. At least those are the talking points I just got in my fax from 1-800-RNC-LOVE.
  •  And in the good news department... (none)
    Another power line was installed in Iraq today!  Literally dozens of Iraqis now have access to intermittent power.  But the damn LIBERAL MEDIA won't let you hear about THAT!

    George W. Bush: It's the Morning After in America

    by ChicagoDem on Thu Jun 17, 2004 at 12:11:15 AM PDT

    •  And, even better! (none)
      Because of the pipeline bombings, Iraq can no longer export ANY of its petroleum...

      Which means that the price of fuel in Iraq just got CHEAPER!!

      The free market is SOOOOOO cool, dude!

      The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

      by RedDan on Thu Jun 17, 2004 at 12:13:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kopel is blowing me away (4.00)
    detention without trial
    offshore prison system
    denial of trial

    This should be the six o'clock news
    not on at midnight

    This is the best piece of tv journalism I've seen weaving together the Justice and Pentagon leaked memos, Rumsfeld hiding detainee and multiple related stories

    Just to check I fllpped back to CNN... the Rumsfeld hiding detainee story. They were hiding him for his own protection, not to conceal him from the Red Cross and in retrospect it was a mistake


    MSNBC Scarborough going after Michael Moore

    Fuck you all

    Baghdad car bombs are the direct product of all of this stupid, lying criminal use of America - of us

    <"Do not seek the treasure!" >

    by moon in the house of moe on Thu Jun 17, 2004 at 12:12:43 AM PDT

  •  Dumbfounded (none)
    I'm pretty confused by the diary Update function, so I'll just post a comment.

    Aljazeera has some more, agreeing with AFP on numbers, with some more details, here:

    A policeman told Aljazeera he thought the blast was caused by a car bomb and that at least 15 people have died.

    "The explosion took place near al-Muthana airport at the entrance to a US military base. Members of the former Iraqi army were gathering to receive their salaries".

    Abdul Moneim Hussein, chief of the emergency department at Karama hospital, said that the death toll there had risen to nine from eight previously, while the wounded count had risen to 127, including a woman.

    The combined toll with two other hospitals, Kharkh and Armuk, came to 33 dead and 127 injured.

  •  I was about to say (none)
    that no soldies were killed, so the media won't care. But the media doesn't care even when soldies are killed.

    They just don't give a shit.

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