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I just saw this in WaPo lumped together with all the other stories on Google News about the abducted contracters, but this seems to be a distinct event:

ZUBAYR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi police said they killed an American in civilian clothes and wounded another on Friday after the men shot dead two police officers just outside the southern town of Zubayr.

A police officer in Zubayr, an enclave of the Sunni Arab minority in predominantly Shi'ite south Iraq, told Reuters customs police stopped a U.S.-made four-wheel drive vehicle in the late morning on suspicion it had entered Iraq illegally.

The occupants turned out to be Americans and opened fire, killing two policemen, he said. The body and the wounded man were now under British military custody in Zubayr hospital.

Is this an example of "succeeding unless we quit?"

In how many more ways can Iraq be FUBAR before King George realizes that we are falling down deeper and deeper into a hole of lost lives and treasure and reputation.

I won't speculate on what happened, other than to say that there appears to be no certainty on who or what will happen when you get to a checkpoint in Iraq.  Civilian Americans shooting at Iraqi police, and police shooting at Americans?


Originally posted to Republic Not Empire on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 05:52 AM PST.

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  •  I sure hope that when the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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    take over in Jan., that they not only get us a new strategy but also investigate what got us to this sorry point in the first place.

  •  Ghastly. (1+ / 0-)
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    Republic Not Empire

    Yesterday I heard someone on tv trying to ask if our troops could tell whether Iraqi policemen were really police or just wearing the uniform. There was a lot of talking-over, and the question never got answered. I wonder if this is part of the uniform problem -- or, as you said, WTF?

    Investigate, absolutely, and then try, convict, and imprison for life. Force the war profiteers to make restitution, too.

    Thanks for the alert, Republic. I also wonder how much of this is going on unreported.

    •  Yes. One of the reasons I wanted to bring (1+ / 0-)
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      this up is that a common talking point before the elections was "look, we're readying thousands of Iraqi police every month," as a standard of some kind of success.

      It's clear enough to me that law and order has broken down in Iraq, if it's gotten so bad that you can no loner know whether the police are part of the civil war among the militias or not.

      I can't believe I believed Colin Powell at the UN way back when.  Those who lied to us need to be held accountable for this slow motion train wreck.

  •  The Fog of War (2+ / 0-)
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    Gets even foggier when you introduce private
    contractors into the mix.

  •  Update from Alertnet - wounded may be Brit (2+ / 0-)
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     Reuters update:

    ZUBAYR, Iraq, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Iraqi police said they killed an American in civilian clothes and wounded another on Friday near the southern town of Zubayr in a clash that a British military spokesman said wounded a British civilian.

    Captain Tane Dunlop said the British civilian security contractor was wounded in the clash between a civilian convoy and Iraqi security forces in the Zubayr area, but he could not confirm if there were any other casualties.

    Dunlop said British forces had gone to investigate after the clash and had evacuated the wounded British private security contractor to a military hospital. He declined to identify the man.

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