[Marxism] Gen. Abizaid: "Iraqi" army can't do job; UN envoy: credible elections not possible

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sat Dec 4 22:20:06 MST 2004

>From MSNBC.com
Car bomb attacks in Iraq kill 16, wound dozens
Iraqi police targeted again; U.S. soldiers killed in separate attacks

The Associated Press
Updated: 10:04 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suicide car bombs struck Iraqi police and Kurdish
militiamen in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 16
people, wounding dozens, and again demonstrating the lethal reach of
Iraq's insurgency just weeks ahead of crucial elections.

The U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. John Abizaid, acknowledged that the
country's homegrown forces aren't yet up to the task of ensuring secure
elections, requiring the planned increase in U.S. troops. More than 42
Iraqis have been killed in the last two days alone.

But U.N. special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi criticized the military's
hardline approach to the insurgency and said credible elections cannot
be held Jan. 30 under the current conditions.

Meanwhile, the insurgents pursued their deadly campaign against American
troops. Two U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in Baghdad and
north of the capital Saturday, and the military said two other Americans
died the day before in suicide car bombings of their post near the
Jordanian border.

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