Tuesday, March 02, 2004


A quote from a story linked to yesterday:
Security forces and rival Shiite militias, kept a close eye on proceedings. Authorities fear extremist might attack to raise tensions between Iraq's Shiite majority and Sunni minority.
And today? This
Multiple blasts have torn through throngs of Shi'ites marking a religious ceremony in Baghdad and the holy city of Kerbala, killing scores of people and enraging Iraq's majority Shi'ites.

The mangled bodies of at least 25 people were strewn on the street in Kerbala, and people were screaming, panicking and fleeing. With at least five blasts heard across the city, witnesses said on Tuesday the death toll was likely to soar.

In Baghdad at least four explosions hit the city's holiest Shi'ite mosque, the Khadimiya mosque in the north of the capital. Hospital officials in Baghdad said at least 33 bodies had been brought in and more were on the way.
And that awful news includes this:
A U.S. soldier was killed and another was injured today when a bomb was tossed at their vehicle in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, the military said.

The location of the attack on the soldiers from the 1st Armored Division wasn't immediately available, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command said in a telephone interview from Baghdad. The injured soldier is in serious condition, the spokesman said.

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