U.S. doubles air attacks in Iraq
White Rock Reviewer
BAGHDAD - Four years into the war that opened with “shock and awe,” U.S. warplanes have again stepped up attacks in Iraq , dropping bombs at more than twice the rate of a year ago.
It also reflects increased availability of planes from U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. And it appears to be accompanied by a rise in Iraqi civilian casualties. ….
The rate of such reported civilian deaths appeared to climb steadily through 2006, the group reports, averaging just a few a month in early 2006, hitting some 40 a month by yearâ€˜s end, and averaging more than 50 a month so far this year.
The U.S. military itself says it doesnâ€˜t track civilian casualties.
Number of Iraqi displaced tops 4.2 million; shanty towns mushroom
GENEVA, June 5 (UNHCR) â€“ The situation in Iraq continues to worsen, with more than 2 million Iraqis now believed to be displaced inside the country and another 2.2 million sheltering in neighbouring states. Calls for increased international support for governments in the region have so far brought few results, and access to social services for Iraqis remains limited. Most of the burden is being carried by Jordan and Syria.
Inside Iraq, some 85 percent of the displaced are in the central and southern regions. Most of those displaced are from Baghdad and surrounding districts. Since February last year, an estimated 820,000 people have been displaced, including 15,000 Palestinians who have nowhere to go….
The number of Iraqis fleeing to neighbouring countries remains high. According to government figures, some 1.4 million Iraqis are now displaced in Syria, up to 750,000 in Jordan, 80,000 in Egypt and some 200,000 in the Gulf region. Syria alone receives a minimum of 30,000 Iraqis a month.
Pagonis noted that recognition rates of Iraqis in various countries outside the region, particularly in Europe, remained low. “UNHCR repeats its call for all borders to remain open to those in need of protection,” she said.
Gee I wonder why all those “Islamofacists” hate us, why do they want to cause trouble for us? They must hate us for our freedom. It couldn’t have anything to do with the way we ruin their lives so that George W. Bush, and his oily friends can steal all of their resources could it? Nahh.