What’s left to say? How many times do we have to speak the obvious — that Iraq isn’t on the brink of a civil war, it’s in the middle of one, and that we have already proven ourselves powerless to stop it — before we can finally bring our people home?
Gunmen in Iraqi police uniforms kidnapped five Britons — a computer expert and his four bodyguards — from a finance ministry building in Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.
The daylight raid came as the US military confirmed ten GIs were killed on Monday, as the United States marked its annual Memorial Day for fallen troops, making May the deadliest month for American forces this year.
The British government said five British nationals had been kidnapped, while the Canadian security firm Garda World confirmed that the captives were four Britons employed as a security detail and their client.
The story continues with plenty of other “good news” on the state of what’s happening in Iraq.
Meanwhile, 33 people were killed in two bomb attacks in Baghdad.
The Iraqi capital is in the grip of a bombing campaign by insurgents bent on fomenting sectarian violence between the city’s rival Sunni and Shiite factions and on undermining a 14-week-old US and Iraqi security plan.
A car bomb exploded outside a Shiite prayer hall in southwestern Baghdad, killing 21 people and wounding 53, according to medical officials.