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Posted: 3/15/2006 10:26:17 PM EDT
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Men were shot execution-style in Baghdad
Wire reports
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.15.2006
advertisementBAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities discovered at least 87 corpses — men shot to death execution-style — as Iraq edged closer to open civil warfare. Twenty-nine of the bodies, dressed only in underwear, were dug out of a single grave Tuesday in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
The bloodshed appeared to be retaliation for a bomb and mortar attack in the Sadr City slum that killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 200 two days earlier.
Iraq's Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, meanwhile, told The Associated Press that security officials had foiled a plot that would have put hundreds of al-Qaida men at critical guard posts around Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. and other foreign embassies, as well as the Iraqi government.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that he had not received anything definitive on the report, but cautioned that early accounts are often adjusted later on.
Also Tuesday, the U.S. military reported the deaths of two more soldiers in fighting in Anbar province. The soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, were killed Monday.
Iraqi police began unearthing bodies early Monday, although the discoveries were not immediately reported. The gruesome finds continued throughout the day Tuesday, police said, marking the second wave of sectarian retribution killings since bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine last month.
In the mayhem after the golden dome atop the Askariya shrine in Samarra was destroyed Feb. 22, more than 500 people have been killed, many of them Sunni Muslims and their clerics.
Underlining the unease in the capital, Interior Ministry officials announced another driving ban, from 8 p.m. today to 4 p.m. Thursday to protect against car and suicide bombs while the Iraqi parliament meets for the first session since the Dec. 15 election.
Proof against Iran lacking
The United States does not have proof that Iran's government is responsible for the presence of Iranian weapons and military personnel in Iraq, the Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also said the United States may slightly increase its troops in Iraq from the current 133,000 to provide more security for an upcoming Shiite pilgrimage amid worry about further violence.
President Bush said Monday that components from Iran were being used in powerful roadside bombs used in Iraq, and Rumsfeld said last week that Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel had been inside Iraq to stir up trouble.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:41:55 PM EDT
I 've seen that story at least 87 times today!!!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:45:41 PM EDT
It ranks 87 on my list of 87s...
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:51:29 PM EDT
What does 87 mean?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:56:13 PM EDT
1st rule of 87. Don't talk about 87!!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:56:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HarrySacz:
What does 87 mean?



"87 is the answer to all the stupid questions like "How many mags should I have?" or "How many guns do I need?"" - markm

Where the number came from is a matter of debate, mostly the debate is either whether it is somehow related to the death toll at Waco, or if it is markm's I.Q.. We may never know.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:07:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HarrySacz:
What does 87 mean?



Eighty-Seven, 87, Ixxxvii

Then did he raise on high the number 87 of Arfcom, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou typist the numbers. Then thou must count to 87. Eighty-Seven shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be Eighty-Seven. Eighty-Eight shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count Eighty-Six, excepting that thou then proceedeth to Eighty-Seven. Eighty-Nine is right out. Once the number Eighty-seven, being the number of the counting, be reached, then Submiteth thou the number 87 in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:09:51 PM EDT
Sounds like a good start.
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