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Breaking News: Iraqi Government Implements Total Curfew

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posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 05:33 PM
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The Iraqi Government has called for a total curfew for all citizens until 6AM Sunday morning (local time). No pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed on the streets during this time. No official reason for the sudden curfew was given, however, suicide attacks have been at record levels since the start of Ramadan on Monday.

 



news.bbc.co.uk
The Iraqi government has declared an immediate curfew in the capital, Baghdad, to run until Sunday morning.

The spokesman did not reveal why a curfew was being put in place, but sectarian violence and blasts have been increasing in recent days.

An unidentified official at the interior ministry told the Associated Press news agency that "intelligence information on the security situation" had made the announcement necessary.



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There are very few details and only speculation on the reason for this curfew at the moment, but it would be my guess that Iraq is at the tipping point and this may be a last ditch effort to prevent an all out civil war. If security forces can keep control during the next 36 hours, it may be enough to defuse the situation. If they lose control, it could be a very very serious situation that will put our troops in even more danger than at present.




posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 05:44 PM
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I guess with the released of the White house report on the violence in Iraq, and Mr. Paul Woodward book talking about the lies that the white house has been feeding on the American public, is not surprised that US has told the Iraqi leadership to do something and in a hurry.

Like this total curfew is going to do anything to what is going on in Iraq.

Our troops are targeted about 800 to 900 times a week.

That tells you the realities of democracy in Iraq.



posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 06:06 PM
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Yes, it's not a pretty picture in Iraq, but let's hope this curfew works to avoid further violence. We should put politics aside for now and focus on the situation, I have a feeling that this will be top news all weekend and we may get to see just how large the insurgency is and how capable the Iraqi forces are at containing them.



posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 06:35 PM
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It was implimented at night, many do not have TV access.. they will awake in the morning to a bad surprise.. imagine the stress and emotional stress these situations inflict on Iraqis. All humans react generally the same to such conditions, put your self in the situation of bombs all over the place, thousands dieing every month.. and being locked in your own home like an animal.

We need to finish what we started but there has to be something that can cut back on this ongoing problem.. More troops maybe?



posted on Sep, 29 2006 @ 06:37 PM
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Iraq government (and not U.S. Commanders) are imposing this Baghdad curfew,

well that's a new twist, but its probably just a political move more than anything...
as the scuttlebut has it that Iraqi military & police forces are not held in high regard, as they're basically 'fence sitting' and not really committed to backing U.S.

+considering that the al-Qaida #2 man has just released an 18 minute video
encouraging Jihad
+considering that the Holy month of Ramadan is just starting
+ considering that the escalating civil war is almost inescapable

= an initial 'test run' of 'Iraq standing up...so the We can stand-down' scenario
which will play well for the War-on-Terror party & GWBush administration
in the upcoming election cycle

And IF the Iraqi curfew completely falls apart...and requires the US forces to assist,
then the GWB administration will still win & will even press for more troops to be deployed

we continue to be between a Rock & a Hard Place, !



posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 01:22 AM
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Sooner we leave the better. Obviously, people in that region enjoy murdering each other over petty religious and political differences more than a peaceful and quick resolution on getting US forces out. Such a mistake to go in and I still amazed how people can still say "stay the course".

[edit on 9/30/06 by pugachev]



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