62 Iraqi Police Die In Coordinated Attacks As U.S Reduces Combat Role

August 25, 2010

Iraq (ChattahBox) – Showing that progress is far from an end, more that 62 police have been killed in a series of bombings by insurgents in and around Baghdad, a day after the U.S. announced the troop number had been reduced to less than 50,000 in anticipation of withdraw in 2011.

Already, U.S. and allied forces have begun eliminating all military combat operations in the country, handing control over to Iraqi security forces; the process is supposed to be over within a week, giving over all control and working in an aiding capacity. But underlining the risks of withdraw was a series of attack today by insurgents, who killed at least 62 security officers.

“Parts of the building collapsed and there are still policemen’s bodies, including the police chief, under the rubble,” Lieutenant Colonel Aziz al-Amarah in the city of Kut told Reuters in a telephone interview.

That particular attack killed at least 30 people and injured almost 90 more at last count, after a suicide bomber in a car drove into a police station.

In central Baghdad a suicide truck driver killed 15 and wounded 56, and in Kerbala a bus bomb went off and wounded at least 40 in the street.

Other attacks in the province were held by al Qaeda-linked groups near policeman’s homes, where several gunmen set off bombs and shot at officers, killing 17.

Several houses and buildings have been damaged.

No specific group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but there is fear that more are to follow. It seems to put into stark relief the still tenuous situation in Iraq, and the danger of U.S. troops ending combat operations as the country struggles for security.


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