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Sunday, December 30, 2007

US Casualties for December stand at record low of 15

As of December 26, the number of US deaths from combat-related situations stand at just 15, one of the lowest tallies (if not the lowest tally) since the war started in April 2003.

Shouldn't this number be relevant to Iowa and New Hampshire?

An Iraqi official source has also confirmed that Sunni-on-Sunni violence has consistently exceeded all other forms of violence during the last two months.

Furthermore, General David Petraeus is telling Iraqi leaders that he will be leaving his post in Iraq in March, after he delivers his upcoming testimony to Congress. Is this early enough to get drafted onto a VP ticket? Alongside McCain?

Maliki has been ill for a while (...blood pressure issues and diabetes), and yesterday he had the symptoms of a stroke, even though he was able to walk unassisted through the halls of Baghdad Airport as he got onto a London-bound plane together with the British ambassador to Iraq. This health emergency is for real, and could be serious enough for Maliki to resign, throwing the political process into further confusion.

13 Comments:

Blogger bg said...

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thanks TG.. more later, just
wanted to post this fyi.. ;)

Petraeus not interested in presidency

excerpt:

["None," Petraeus replied, when asked on "Fox
News Sunday" if he had an interest in running.

"I have great respect for those who do choose to serve our country in that way. I've chosen to serve our country in uniform," Petraeus said from Baghdad.

"And I think that General Sherman had it right when he gave what is now commonly referred to as a Shermanesque response when asked a similar question."

A leading Union general in the war, Sherman said in a telegram to the Republican National Convention in 1884, when he was being urged to run for president, "I will not accept if nominated, and I will not serve if elected," according to "The Yale Book of Quotations."]

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2:49 PM, December 30, 2007

 
Anonymous gj said...

Not surprising Maliki has blood pressure problems. It's hard to imagine what his average day must have been like in the 20 months or so since he took office.

Nibras, in all the Americo-centric reporting and the general disdain for Maliki nobody ever thinks to remember the Baghdad security plan or Maliki's apparent successful strategy in pulling Muqtada into line? It's extraordinary to recall that it is only 12 months ago that Saddam was executed, in what appears in retrospect to be a deliberate Maliki "drawing of the line" between the old Iraq and the new to set the scene for the ISF "Surge" - not the US one? The limp retrospectives on Saddam indicate how far he and his regime have receded into history.

I feel Maliki should be given credit for this, but am I being fanciful? It would be good if you could give us some informed analysis about the performance of Maliki and other members of the Govt as it's not available anywhere else that I can find.

12:25 AM, December 31, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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ditto gj @ 12:25 AM..

we are quite starved of info re: the Iraq
Government here in the US / West..

thanks..

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2:30 PM, December 31, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I hear IraqSlogger is going to shut down. What's the word?

5:18 PM, December 31, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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Anonymous @ 5:18 PM..

all i know is that IS switched to paid subscription (or
whatever it's called), and i couldn't access after that..

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5:42 PM, December 31, 2007

 
Blogger bg said...

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Happy New Year Nibras, Everyone!! :)

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5:44 PM, December 31, 2007

 
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