The single worst attack by Al Qaeda since 9-11.
The War is REAL and needs to be fought, and thank God we have our boys over there fighting these thugs. Kill as many of those bastards as possible.
Any Dems out there wanna stand up and still say Al Qaeda’s not in Iraq?
didn’t think so. Death toll could reach 500.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The death toll in the suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq has risen to at least 500, local officials in Nineveh province said Wednesday.
Iraqi Army and Mosul police sources earlier put the number at 260, but said it was likely to rise. 320 were reported wounded.
The Tuesday truck bombs that targeted the villages of Qahtaniya, al-Jazeera and Tal Uzair, in northern Iraq near the border with Syria, were a “trademark al Qaeda event” designed to sway U.S. public opinion against the war, a U.S. general said Wednesday.
The attacks, targeting Kurdish villages of the Yazidi religious minority, were attempts to “break the will” of the American people and show that the U.S. troop escalation — the “surge” — is failing, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said.
The bombings highlight the kind of sectarian tensions the troop surge was designed to stop.
Al Qaeda in Iraq is predominantly Sunni, and Mixon said members of the Yazidi religious minority have received threatening letters, called “night letters,” telling them “to leave because they are infidels.”
[...] Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said there were three suicide trucks carrying two tons of explosives. At least 30 houses and other buildings were destroyed.
Khalaf said the carnage looks like the aftermath of a “mini-nuclear explosion.” More bodies are expected to be found.
The U.S. military said there were five bombings — four at a crowded bus station in Qahtaniya and a fifth in al-Jazeera.
The office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed Sunni extremists for the “monstrous crime.” He said a committee has been formed to investigate.
Ashraf Qazi, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative for Iraq, called the attack an “abominable crime aimed at widening the sectarian and ethnic divide in Iraq.”