Sunday, February 17, 2008

Let's Look at the Numbers, Okay?

UPDATED: February 18, 2008

In the last seven days, according to the ICasualites website, from Sunday, February 10, 2008, to Saturday, February 16, 2008, 153 Iraqi civilians and Iraqi police/ military have been killed. During this same period, exactly 1 member of the American military was killed:

February 10 to February 16, 2008.

Iraqi civilian and Iraqi police/military deaths: 153
Coalition forces: 1

Let's take a closer look, day by day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008.
02/10/08 BALAD - A car bomb killed 23 people and wounded another 25 in a market in the Iraqi town of Balad on Sunday, the U.S. military said. A Iraqi security official put the death toll at 33, including women and children, with 35 wounded.
Most likely AQI.
02/10/08 NINEVEH PROVINCE - Five people, including a woman, were killed in clashes when gunmen attacked villages manned by neighbourhood policemen in the northern province of Nineveh, police said.
Most likely the so-called Iraqi resistance.


Monday, February 11, 2008.
02/11/08 BAGHDAD - Two car bombs that exploded in southern Baghdad within a few minutes of each other on Monday, killed at least 15 people and wounded 45 others, Iraqi police said.
Most likely AQI.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008.
02/12/08 BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and eight others were wounded when four mortar bombs landed in a residential area in Doura district, police said.
Doura is a Sunni-dominant neighborhood, isn't it? Could be some of Muqty's group, I guess.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008.
02/13/08 BAGHDAD - Armed men hanged a three year-old boy during an attack on a school in Zaafaraniya district of southern Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.
Who hangs a three-year-old boy? Could have been either AQI or the so-called resistance.
02/13/08 SAADIYA - Five builders were killed and two wounded in an insurgent attack in Saadiya, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baquba in Diyala province, police said.
So-called insurgents, they say.


Thursday, February 14, 2008.
02/14/08 BAGHDAD - At least five people were killed and 33 wounded when a bomb in a parked car exploded in a popular market in the Sadr city district of northeastern Baghdad, police said.
AQI? So-called resistance? Again, either group could be responsible.
02/14/08 HAWIJA - Gunmen shot dead a member of a neighbourhood police patrol in a drive-by shooting in the town of Hawija, 70 km (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.
Probably the former Ba'athist wing of the so-called resistance.


Friday, February 15, 2008.
02/15/08 TAL AFAR - At least four people were killed and 16 others were wounded when two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests blew themselves up at the entrance to a Shi'ite Mosque in the town of Tal Afar during Friday prayers, police said.


Saturday, February 16, 2008.
02/16/08 BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber at a checkpoint manned by U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrol policemen killed one and wounded four others including two civilians on Friday in Ghazaliya district, in western Baghdad, police said.


Conclusion: AQI seems to be responsible for many of 153 Iraqi deaths for this one-week period in Iraq.

If the goal of the so-called resistance is to kill American forces, then they are either incompetent or lying. In this one-week period, a good number of the deaths are attributable to their actions while only ONE member of the Coalition forces was killed.

The combined efforts of AQI and the so-called resistance killed 153 Iraqis in one week and 1 American soldier. It could not be more obvious who they are really targeting.


UPDATE: February 18, 2008. I decided to break out the 153 deaths by manner of death to see if it would help us figure out which groups are most responsible for the deaths in Iraq during the one week that we have been looking at.

Car bombs: 43
Bodies found: 38
Gunmen/armed men/insurgent attack: 25
Bodies found in graves: 18
Suicide bombers: 17
Mortars: 4
Roadside bombs: 4

By looking at the details for each case, some of the bodies that were found in Iraq were kidnap victims and probably unrelated to any activities by AQI or the so-called resistance.

60 of the 153 deaths were due to either suicide bombers or car bombs. Gunmen killed 25 Iraqi citizens.

And where were these Iraqi citizens killed?

Baghdad: 61
Diyala: 51
Saladin: 22
Ninevah: 13
Kirkuk: 2
Babil: 1

And 5 decomposing bodies were found in Anbar.

Most of the violence in Iraq is contained primarily two governates, Baghdad itself and Diyala. During that week no one was killed, according to the ICasualties website, in 12 of the 18 governates.

I used this overview of the Iraqi governates as I tallied up the numbers by place.


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