Violent Baghdad deaths top 6,000


Richard Moore

In this article we see a microcosm both of traditional British imperialist 
policies and of British propaganda.

The violence in Iraq has been intentionally created by the occupying forces, and
is then blamed on 'sectarian violence'. Just as happened in Ireland, and in 
every other place the British have occupied.


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Violent Baghdad deaths top 6,000

The bodies of 6,000 people, most of whom died violently, have been received by 
Baghdad's main mortuary so far this year, health ministry figures show.

The number has risen every month, to 1,400 in May. The majority are believed to 
be victims of sectarian killings.

But observers say the real death toll could be much higher.

Meanwhile police said nine severed heads were found near Baquba to the north of 
Baghdad - days after a similar discovery there.

In another development, Iraq's prime minister says he plans to release 2,500 

Nouri Maliki said the move, starting on Wednesday, is a gesture of "national 
reconciliation". Most of those to be released are Sunni Arabs, Iraqi officials 

Mr Maliki hopes that by announcing such a large release in one go it will help 
win over more members of the Sunni community and undermine support for the 
insurgency, says our correspondent.

In other developments:

€  Five people are killed and more than 12 wounded when a car bomb explodes near
to where a funeral is being held in south-western Baghdad

€  The Iraqi army takes over from the US military in a part of the restive Anbar

€  Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi says the attack on its military that 
killed a soldier on Monday will not change Italy's timetable of withdrawing from

€  Three British soldiers are cleared at a court martial in London of killing a 
15-year-old Iraqi boy who drowned in a canal in Basra three years ago

Sectarian violence

The 2006 death toll at the Baghdad mortuary appeared in two local newspapers and
was confirmed to the BBC by officials who asked to remain anonymous because the 
issue is so sensitive.

One reason for the sensitivity is that government officials fear more detailed 
information on these killings could further enflame sectarian tensions, the 
BBC's Andrew North in Baghdad says.

But no-one believes these are the true figures from the violence in and around 
Baghdad as many bodies are not taken to the morgue, or are never found, he adds.

The nine severed heads had been wrapped in plastic bags and left in a fruit box 
by the side of a road near Baquba, 60km (35 miles) north-east of Baghdad, police

Some of the heads were blindfolded and already decomposing, suggesting that the 
killings had taken place a few days before, they added.

There is no word on the identity of the victims.

The heads of eight people were found the same area on Saturday - one of the dead
was identified as a local Sunni preacher.

Baquba lies in a mixed Sunni Arab and Shia province where attacks against 
civilians have been common.

Prisoner releases

Prime Minister Maliki said the prisoners to be released would not include 
supporters of the ousted president, Saddam Hussein, or anyone who had Iraqi 
blood on their hands.

He said they would be released from US-run detention centres and Iraqi prisons.

"We hope they will abide by not violently objecting to the political process. 
This is a strong move which will encourage others," Mr Maliki said.

Iraq's Sunni Vice-President, Tariq al-Hashemi, was closely involved in deciding 
who should be set free.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/06/06 17:01:34 GMT


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