Friday, June 16, 2006

House members argue over Iraq policy

WASHINGTON - "Stay the course, I don't think so Mr. President. It's time to face the facts," said Pelosi, D-Calif., adding that she will vote against a Republican-engineered resolution that she called "an affirmation of the president's failed policy in Iraq."
"Achieving victory is our only option, for the sake of the American people and for our children and grandchildren," answered Boehner, R-Ohio.


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad on Friday, a day after the national security adviser said al Qaeda's days in Iraq are numbered.
The bomber blew himself up as worshippers gathered for prayers at the Buratha mosque, an old site which is revered by Shi'ites. Twenty-five people were wounded.
Mosque guard Abdullah Hussein said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who had hidden explosives in his sandals to avoid security checks. Police have not confirmed this.
"A guard tried to stop him but he blew himself up and nothing was left of him except his head. You can see it if you want, it's over there," he said, pointing toward a tray in the mosque where a severed human head lay.
It is not the first time a suicide bomber has killed at the Buratha mosque. On April 7, three suicide bombers dressed as women attacked it, killing at least 71 people.
Friday's blast was the type of violence the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, who succeeded Arab Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last week, had vowed to maintain as part of a war against Shi'ites and the U.S.-backed government.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri vowed three days ago to avenge the death of Zarqawi, who was killed by a U.S. air strike last week.
Shortly after the mosque blast, mortar bombs hit houses and shops on the edge of Baghdad, killing at least three people.
The violence came just two days after the government launched a security crackdown with 50,000 Iraqi forces backed by 7,000 U.S. troops.
It also came after Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said security forces had seized documents detailing al Qaeda's network in Iraq and the whereabouts of its leaders.
"We believe this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," he said on Thursday.

Really? That's great news. All is well. There is nothing to see here. Move along.....

Not to worry guys.. House members are debating the issue. I'm sure we will get some clarity in a couple of months... right...

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