Judge for yourself. (edited becus i kant spel)
Iraq Insurgents Hit Churches, Kill Four U.S. Troops
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By Alistair Lyon
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Explosions damaged churches in Baghdad on Saturday and the U.S. military reported the deaths of four more American troops in bomb attacks elsewhere in Iraq (news - web sites).
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A suicide car bomber killed three U.S. troops, along with an Iraqi civilian, in Qaim near the Syrian border on Friday. The fourth died after a car bomb blast in Mosul the same day.
A mortar attack on Qaim killed four Iraqis and wounded 30 on Saturday, a local hospital doctor said.
In another challenge for the U.S.-backed interim government, a group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi vowed to attack foreign trucks bringing petrol and diesel into Iraq.
Five churches were hit in a string of bomb attacks before dawn that seemed designed to intimidate the country's small but deep-rooted Christian community, already shaken by a deadlier series of bombings of churches that killed 11 people in August.
"If they don't want us in Iraq, let them say it and we will leave," said Samir Hermiz, 40, standing by a Catholic church reduced to ashes. "I'm really thinking of leaving Iraq."
Iraq's 650,000 Christians, about three percent of the population, are mostly Chaldeans, Assyrians and Catholics.
The U.S. military has accused Zarqawi of carrying out bombings aimed at fueling sectarian strife and civil war.
Some Iraqis say Washington exaggerates the threat from Zarqawi to disguise the strength of Iraq's homegrown insurgency.
Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group claimed responsibility for Thursday's suicide bombings that killed up to four Americans in the heart of Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, seat of the government and home to the U.S. and British embassies.
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A Tawhid and Jihad pamphlet, shown to Reuters by an Oil Ministry official, said non-Iraqi trucks bringing in imported petrol and diesel would be "subject to destruction."
The pamphlet was distributed to oil officials in Mosul and elsewhere in the north, and to traders importing oil products.
"The attacks by Zarqawi and others are helping disrupt supply. We are taking the threat seriously," the official said.
The government, trying to stamp its authority on all of Iraq before January elections, on Wednesday told the rebel-held city of Falluja to hand over Zarqawi and his men, said by the U.S. military to be holed up there, or face assault.
Residents said Falluja, 32 miles west of Baghdad, was quieter after heavy U.S. air strikes and ground operations aimed at Zarqawi targets on Thursday and Friday.
But they said U.S. forces bombarded western Falluja, destroying a house and killing a baby girl on Saturday. Reuters television footage showed the dead infant in hospital with its arm blown off. Three other children and a woman were wounded.
The U.S. military said recent air raids were intended to thwart attacks it said Zarqawi's network was planning during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which has just begun.
Fears of a looming confrontation in Falluja rose on Friday when U.S. forces detained Khaled al-Jumaili, a cleric who had been the city's leading negotiator in talks with the government.
In Baghdad, a rocket or mortar round that hit the compound of the Ibn al-Bitar hospital killed one person and wounded five. A rocket also struck the car park of a hotel used by foreign news organizations and diplomats, but caused no casualties.
Up to 650 British troops may be moved nearer Baghdad to cover for U.S. units battling insurgents in Falluja and elsewhere, British newspapers reported. A Defense Ministry spokesman in London confirmed discussions had taken place with American commanders but said no decision had been taken.
The deployment into more dangerous areas would be politically charged and military anlysts said it would represent a significant escalation of Britain's profile in Iraq.
It would be the first time British troops have operated outside the relatively quiet Basra area in the south.
The U.S. military is investigating the reported refusal this week by some U.S. troops to take part in a supply convoy in Iraq. A statement called it an "isolated incident."
(Additional reporting by Omar Anwar in Baghdad)
This coming from the religion that preaches intolerance of other religions/peoples, I'm not surprised.
Michael Moore's freedom fighters strike another blow!
Michael Moore is a Communist who despises Christianity, so he's operating under 'the enemy of my enemy' rule.
Freedom doesn't mean shit to either party.