Raed http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com/2007/04/dear-john.html in the Middle writes John McCain:
“I read about your latest trip to Baghdad in Articles like McCain, in Baghdad, says city is safer than before, McCain lauds security during Baghdad visit, and McCain Sees Improvement in Iraq.It doesn’t look like good security to me when one shop-owner in Shorja said there had been a heavy security presence with many U.S. soldiers on the ground and U.S. helicopters overhead..”
THE STORY GOES THAT THERE WERE THREE BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS, TWO APACHES AND 100 SOLDIERS WALKING WITH HIM….. “The delegation arrived at the market, which is called Shorja, on Sunday with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees – the equivalent of an entire company – and attack helicopters circled overhead, said a senior American military official in Baghdad. The soldiers redirected traffic from the area and restricted access to the Americans, said witnesses, and sharpshooters were posted on the roofs. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests throughout their hourlong visit. “They paralyzed the market when they came,” Faiyad said during an interview in his shop on Monday. “This was only for the media.” He added, “This will not change anything.”
Truck Bomb Kills 13 in Northern Iraq
Attacks Comes in Wake of Visit by McCain
By YAHYA BARZANJI
KIRKUK, Iraq (April 2) – A suicide truck bomber targeted a police station in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens, including many children from a nearby school, police said. Video by an Associated Press cameraman at the scene showed at least four wounded U.S. soldiers and one badly damaged American Humvee…..
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