Latest Coalition Fatalities
Soldier dies of non-combat related causes
A Multi-National Division - Center Soldier died this morning of non-combat related causes. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and official release by the Department of Defense.
Mercifully, the number of U. S. military casualties is down. Unfortunately, Iraqi deaths are not. Violence continues unabated.
Two big bombings targeted Shiites on Friday. A bomb killed over 30 persons and wounded over 40 in Dujail, a largely Shiite city northeast of Baghdad. Earlier on Friday, a bomb at the Dhakir al-Din Mosque in Sinjar killed two and wounded 15.Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
The security situation has deteriorated in Mosul, (pop. 1.8 mn), Iraq's second largest city, which lies in the north of the country. Reuters reports that "U.S. military officials say attacks fell from around 130 per week just before the May offensive to 30 a week in Nineveh by July, before creeping up to 60-70 per week."
When you've got 60 attacks a week in the country's second largest city, things are not "calm."
--Juan Cole at Informed Comment