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Bodies of 49 Iraqi soldiers found (Members of the new Iraqi army)
BBC ^ | October 24, 2004 | BBC

Posted on 10/24/2004 2:08:34 AM PDT by Former Military Chick

The bodies of 49 Iraqi army soldiers have been found near the town of Baquba, north-east of Baghdad, according to police. The bodies were laid out in four rows with about 12 bodies in each row, Gen Walid Al-Assawi, commander of the Diyala provincial police, has said.

"After inspection, we found out that they were shot after being ordered to lie down on the earth," he said.

Thirty-seven bodies were found on Saturday, and another 12 on Sunday.


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Can't we catch a break.
1 posted on 10/24/2004 2:08:35 AM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

Pre or post Saddam Iraqi Soldiers?


2 posted on 10/24/2004 2:11:37 AM PDT by VaBthang4 ("He Who Watches Over Israel Will Neither Slumber Nor Sleep")
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To: Former Military Chick
I assume this is recent killings. When any American says this is OUR war against Iraq, just tell them that it's Iraqis who are dying for freedom.
3 posted on 10/24/2004 2:14:41 AM PDT by endthematrix (Bad news is good news for the Kerry campaign!)
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To: Former Military Chick
Ultimately we are going to have to start getting nasty to exterminate the last of these 'nuisances,' as a major American politician might call them.
4 posted on 10/24/2004 2:20:32 AM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: VaBthang4

Post Saddam...


5 posted on 10/24/2004 2:22:11 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta! Give A+BERT (snakeoil) his name back! Help him, JimRob, you're his only hope...)
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To: Former Military Chick

Executed by Saddaams holdouts and their terrorist allies, I guess?

How sad.
These regions where the baathist holdouts and their terrorist allies, need to be 'pacified' big time. I don't know that we can wait that much longer to flatten resistance in regions like fallujah and sadr city.

It's not a quagmire. It DOES need to be finished.

These 49 apparently were willing to die for their family's freedom. It's past time to make the freedom haters die for their belief system. And not just one or two at a time.


6 posted on 10/24/2004 2:28:38 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 ("every body is vulnerable, from 500 yards out")
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To: Robert_Paulson2

Frankly when I read it I was mortified. We are doing so much to help those in Iraq have a better life and the insurgents (and other evil) just keep on killing and causing havic, it is terrible.

Some of these men just graduated from training by our military so they could defend their country and now they are dead. I pray for those who died and their families.


7 posted on 10/24/2004 2:31:00 AM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: VaBthang4

I have not found anything to say it was pre war. In other words it seems it is the newly taught soldiers. It is breaking we can post more as it becomes available.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes.


8 posted on 10/24/2004 2:32:12 AM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: Former Military Chick

"I have not found anything to say it was pre war. In other words it seems it is the newly taught soldiers."

Reports are definitely sketchy. But, one source says the soldiers were rounded up as they left their station for leave, then were lined up on the ground to be executed.


9 posted on 10/24/2004 3:01:04 AM PDT by Racehorse
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To: Former Military Chick

Trust the BBC to report this with a smirk. It would be nice to hear the good things the Iraqi's have going for them...the very reason why these murderous creeps are desperately killing Arabs/Iraqi's. A dying snake is still dangerous.


10 posted on 10/24/2004 3:15:25 AM PDT by hershey
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To: HitmanNY

Hopefully we will lose patience shortly after Nov. 2.


11 posted on 10/24/2004 3:16:04 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Former Military Chick
This is VERY BAD news, but not a surprise.

Watch to see how Kerry and the slimey Dems. treat this story today!

12 posted on 10/24/2004 3:18:42 AM PDT by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: Racehorse
shot in the back of the head, I heard.

Very, very bad.

13 posted on 10/24/2004 3:19:51 AM PDT by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: Former Military Chick
Expect more violence and attempts at terror, both in Iraq and here in the US through November 2nd.

The Islamofascists know that if GW Bush i re-elected, they will eventually be hunted down and made to face justice.

Their panic-driven and desperate actions remind me of Bill Clinton launching cruise missiles when Monica testified to the Grand Jury and when the House voted on Impeachment.

14 posted on 10/24/2004 3:34:05 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Former Military Chick
New rules: Take NO Prisoners (TNP), the enemy is not human and does not deserve to be treated as such.

These monsters make the SS look like Mother Teresa, and will not tell us anything (not with American methods and the MSM and ACLU worried about "their" rights) or be "rehabilitated", so why bother?

Perhaps if we allowed the Iraqi National Guard or the Kurds to do the questioning, away from prying eyes...?

15 posted on 10/24/2004 3:49:27 AM PDT by Former Dodger ((Go W GO! Finish off the US Rats, then the Muslim ones!))
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To: endthematrix

According to Edwards and Kerry, only American's are taking casualties.


16 posted on 10/24/2004 3:54:30 AM PDT by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: beyond the sea

This is a sad event. However the MSM & Liberals can only carry this so far because they are not US troops. There was a report that a US diplomat was killed today. Now this they will try to spin for the next 10 days or so.


17 posted on 10/24/2004 4:02:04 AM PDT by JonDavid
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To: SkyPilot
What gets me, is that Kerry ,The MSM and Democrats are giving aid & comfort to are enemies in Iraq, like they did in Vietnam and about 20%-30% of the American people either don't care, anybody but Bush or think its are fault. The only time these people will take a stand against the Islamic/Fascists if thery are directly attack. That is really pathetic.
18 posted on 10/24/2004 4:13:10 AM PDT by JonDavid
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To: beyond the sea
"Watch to see how Kerry and the slimey Dems. treat this story today!"

"This is Dan Rather with breaking news. 49 soldiers have been killed by freedom fighters in Iraq. George Bush did nothing to stop them. We will have exclusive details on tonight's CBS News."

I'm serious... would bet real money that the victims' nationality will be barely mentioned.
19 posted on 10/24/2004 4:50:13 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (You're it)
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To: Former Military Chick

How many "insurgents" does it take to capture, control and systematically execute 49 armed men?


20 posted on 10/24/2004 4:53:17 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Types_with_Fist

The article I read (linked from Drudge) said they were unarmed.


21 posted on 10/24/2004 4:58:33 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Thanks!


22 posted on 10/24/2004 5:01:25 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Sad news, prayers for the families of these brave men. Allawi, go get some. Kill these SOBs who are preying on the best of Iraqis.

I bet they will still be standing in line to volunteer, they have after being repeatedly bombed as they sign up to free their country.

23 posted on 10/24/2004 5:05:38 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Former Military Chick
50 Iraqi Soldiers Found Shot to Death

9 minutes ago

By The Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The bodies of about 50 Iraqi soldiers were found on a remote road in eastern Iraq, apparently the victims of an ambush as they were heading home on leave, Iraqi authorities said Sunday. Also, a State Department security officer was killed during a mortar or rocket attack at a U.S. base near the Baghdad airport

Interior Ministry spokesman Adnan Abdul-Rahman said the Iraqi soldiers were believed to have been killed about sundown Saturday on a road about 95 miles east of Baghdad near the Iranian border.

There were conflicting reports on the exact number of dead, whether they were members of the Iraqi army or the Iraqi National Guard and whether they were all killed execution-style.

Iraqi government spokeswoman Maha Malik quoted witnesses as saying insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at about two vehicles carrying the unarmed troops.

Gen. Walid al-Azzawi, commander of the Diyala provincial police, said the bodies were laid out in four rows each, with 12 bodies in each row.

"After inspection, we found out that they were shot after being ordered to lay down on the earth," he said.

Al-Azzawi said he believed the soldiers had been training at the Kirkush military camp northeast of Baghdad.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene reported seeing the burned frames of two minibuses. Blood stains were visible on the ground, along with human remains. Witnesses said the attackers stole some buses. Police said they had found 51 bodies from the attack place.


More at Yahoo News

24 posted on 10/24/2004 5:06:06 AM PDT by milemark (Proud to be an infidel.)
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To: milemark
near the Iranian border
25 posted on 10/24/2004 5:09:32 AM PDT by milemark (Proud to be an infidel.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Ohhh. Very sad.


26 posted on 10/24/2004 5:16:48 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: VaBthang4
Pre or post Saddam Iraqi Soldiers?

The pre-Saddam army are now referred to as either Baathists or insurgents

27 posted on 10/24/2004 5:28:33 AM PDT by LinnieBeth
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To: Robert_Paulson2
These regions where the baathist holdouts and their terrorist allies, need to be 'pacified' big time.

Ah! The irony.

Saddam Hussein fills trenches with hundreds of thousands of bodies....his way of pacification.

The result? Two actually.

In Iraq, during Hussein's rule, an Iraqi could leave his doors unlocked. Crime was a...excuse me, a nuisance.

The other was that said pacification was called genocide and acts against humanity.

That said....I hope they start digging those trenches soon.

28 posted on 10/24/2004 5:40:13 AM PDT by DCPatriot (I don't do politically correct very well either.)
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To: Former Military Chick

It is really very hard for some of us to trust the IDF leadership.


29 posted on 10/24/2004 5:44:50 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Al Anbar -- not just another bad neighborhood, it's a state of mind)
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To: Former Military Chick
Can't we catch a break

It is a major (domestic political) strategic error to fail to bring the hammer down in hopes of winning a few sucker moms.

If Fallujah was in ruins and bodies piled high in the streets of Baghdad, Bush would be up 15 points.

"People want to follow the strong horse"-a dead guy from Afghanistan.

30 posted on 10/24/2004 5:48:42 AM PDT by Jim Noble (FR Iraq policy debate begins 11/3/04. Pass the word.)
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To: LinnieBeth

Does anyone know the actual status under the Geneva Convention of "insurgent" guerilla type fighters. My assumption is that armed enemy combatants not in uniform engaging in hostile action are afforded no protection.
I think in World War II German army infiltrators were summarily executed when captured. I think the same was the case in the Civil War.
I would think also some one not in a military uniform who fires an AK-47 at an Iraqi soldier could simply be arrested for treason, a capital crime, tried and executed by civilian authorities.


31 posted on 10/24/2004 5:52:49 AM PDT by Jonah Johansen
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I bet they change there policy and let the good guys go loaded 24/7.

These poor souls had no chance. They were all executed probably by 5-9 thugs.


32 posted on 10/24/2004 5:52:57 AM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: Jonah Johansen
I think in World War II German army infiltrators were summarily executed when captured.

No. They were tried under military tribunal...and then executed.

33 posted on 10/24/2004 6:01:41 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Former Military Chick

I don't understand why the families and friends of the slain "good" Iraqis don't get mad enough to turn the terrorist pigs in and bring a semblance of security to their country.


34 posted on 10/24/2004 6:04:20 AM PDT by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: HitmanNY

We'll never be able to exterminate all of them. That will take a much higher power.


35 posted on 10/24/2004 6:05:58 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Former Military Chick

Remember Malmédy.


36 posted on 10/24/2004 6:24:34 AM PDT by T'wit (Remarkable! John Kerry manages to be a stuffed shirt and an empty suit at the same time.)
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To: endthematrix; HitmanNY; Robert_Paulson2; Former Military Chick; hershey
I'm currently reading The Secret History of the Iraq War by Yossef Bodansky (follow the link to read an excerpt).

I haven't gotten very far, but in the prologue, after saying that our invasion was totally justified for national security and anti-terrorist reasons, the author says that the Islamists relate our invasion to the Mongol invasion in the 1200s, and are attempting to apply the same strategies that led to the eventual victory over the invaders then.

It also tells of how and why Syria & Iran (and other countries) were helping Saddam before the war, and why several of the Arab countries were frightened of and opposed to our invasion.

Should be an interesting read, but currently makes me wonder if the "kill them all!" strategy (which would've been my response before I started the book) is the correct one or not.

37 posted on 10/24/2004 6:53:20 AM PDT by Amelia (Still reading.....)
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To: Former Military Chick

Prayers for each and every one of these brave men and their families.


38 posted on 10/24/2004 7:03:24 AM PDT by TOUGH STOUGH
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To: Former Military Chick

this is just too sad... that bunch of folks, trying to have a good life, trying to have a good job, and psychos continue to kill them, for NO OTHER REASON, than to murder and pillage... its just so maddening to me...


39 posted on 10/24/2004 7:39:15 AM PDT by ArmyBratCutie ("Four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:soap, ballot, jury, ammo in this order!")
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To: Robert_Paulson2

You're absolutely right about the need to tackle Fallujah and Sadr City. It has been our biggest mistake in the war so far, reverting to squishy State Department diplomacy and nicey-nicey gun buy-backs.

Why on earth are we giving these thugs a safe haven for making bombs and cutting off heads instead of allowing the Marines to crush them?


40 posted on 10/24/2004 7:43:04 AM PDT by heye2monn
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To: Robert_Paulson2
The Kurds controled northern Iraq.
They want there own nation.
Thats why Saddam used WMD on them.
The Kurds still want freedom.
41 posted on 10/24/2004 7:46:14 AM PDT by earplug (In god you trust. I like my silver and gold.)
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To: UpFromTishman
" You're absolutely right about the need to tackle Fallujah and Sadr City. It has been our biggest mistake in the war so far, reverting to squishy State Department diplomacy and nicey-nicey gun buy-backs."

I think it started before the Fallujah compromise. Our biggest mistake was attempting to rebuild a nation before defeating it. That was tried in Vietnam, Somalia and Lebanon, all with identical results. You’d think all the “brilliant” people at the pentagon would have learned that by now.

42 posted on 10/24/2004 8:06:44 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: UpFromTishman
"Why on earth are we giving these thugs a safe haven for making bombs and cutting off heads instead of allowing the Marines to crush them?"

Probably because a bloodbath right before the elections would put the moderates out of power in three months. It needed to be done in April.

43 posted on 10/24/2004 8:10:32 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: elfman2

The fact that this is good news in the minds of John Kerry and his minions tells me everything I need to know about them.

Socialism kills.


44 posted on 10/24/2004 8:14:11 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Socialism Kills...)
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To: lepton; Jonah Johansen

The History Channel recently ran a program on the post WWII SS insurgency. We were very brutal, executing saboteurs and their collaborators, and we outlawed reporting within Germany of saboteur activity.


45 posted on 10/24/2004 8:14:42 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: Jim Noble
Perhaps, but Allawi would probably lose by as much to people who would surrender it to the radicals.

Defeating Fallujah should have been done in April (or May of 2003). Now we have to either minimize casualties or dump the government and re-fight the whole war like it should have been done a year and a half ago. I favor the latter, but there’s not a chance we’ll go there.

46 posted on 10/24/2004 8:27:27 AM PDT by elfman2
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To: Former Military Chick
And Senators Biden and McCain TODAY are talking about their biggest concern; that the CIA removed terrorists out of Iraq w/o following the Geneva convention. How I wish they could be removed from power.
47 posted on 10/24/2004 8:57:05 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( Lobbying against vanities)
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To: endthematrix

The Iraqi soliers are going to have to learn to shoot the enemy. Even if it is another Iraqi.


48 posted on 10/24/2004 8:58:44 AM PDT by farmfriend ( In Essentials, Unity...In Non-Essentials, Liberty...In All Things, Charity.)
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To: ArmyBratCutie
this is just too sad... that bunch of folks, trying to have a good life, trying to have a good job, and psychos continue to kill them

What amazes me is the courage they display just by standing in line to sign up, much less being in the Iraqi force.

49 posted on 10/24/2004 8:59:17 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe ( Lobbying against vanities)
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To: Former Military Chick
Nov. 2nd - W surpasses 300 EVs.

Nov. 3rd - hellfire and fury on Fallujah and Sadr City, for starters, and the Dems scream "I told you so!" as our military kicks some terrorist butt. Meanwhile, Iraq starts to settle down in time for the Christians there to celebrate Christmas without getting their heads chopped.
50 posted on 10/24/2004 9:13:04 AM PDT by Carling (What happened to Sandy Burglar's Docs?)
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