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« Reply #320 on: May 02, 2013, 05:49:55 PM »
Mission never quite ‘accomplished’: Iraq haunted by violence 10 years after Bush speech

Published time: May 01, 2013 11:40
Edited time: May 01, 2013 12:13
source: http://rt.com/news/mission-accomplished-bush-iraq-663/

 
Iraqis gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Ten years after the US declared its victory over Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still mired in violence, with each day adding up to death toll among its population. Washington is meanwhile considering another mission in the region.

"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed,” the famous message President George W. Bush delivered on May 1, 2003.

He could hardly have imagined back then how premature this declaration of a final victory would soon turn out to be. What followed the notorious ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech, were years of bloodshed.

Washington decided to send in 20,000 more troops in 2007. That surge cost the US the lives of more than a thousand soldiers and many billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.


Smokes billows from a burning US military vehicle as a US soldiers secure the area along a highway to the west of Baghdad which leads to the restive Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah.(AFP Photo / Awad Awad)

“The battle… for the cause of liberty and for the peace” as Bush’s speech described it was eventually completed a year ago with US troops’ withdrawal from a country that has up to this moment been ripped apart by terror, sectarian violence and fears of a looming civil war.

Iraq’s first elections following US forces’ withdrawal were held in April, revealing the depth of the crisis the ‘liberated’ Iraq finds itself in. Terrorist attacks which preceded the polling left over 100 people dead, including 14 election candidates. The upsurge of violence forced a third of provinces to refrain from voting due to security concerns.

Many Iraqis believe daily deadly bombings - the country’s present-day routine - are too high a price for toppling of tyranny by foreign military forces. It’s typified by the torment of Samir Ismail, a shop owner from Kirkuk: "How long will Iraq remain like this? Every day there are explosions, every day there is killing, every day there is terrorism."

Following the latest developments in Iraq from US, veterans of that war keep questioning what they really fought for. Among those unsatisfied with Washington’s official line is Iraq war veteran Emily Yates, who was public affairs specialist in the military.

“And I knew it was not, you know, really about liberation, as soon as I saw the huge mess that we made of the infrastructure in Iraq and the fact that still to this day corporations that received these ginormous, multibillion-dollar contracts to rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure still haven’t done that, and they don’t even know where the money has gone,” Yates said to RT.


A school boy runs past as a US soldier of the 3rd Infantry Division as he patrols the streets in the Dora district of southern Baghdad.(AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

The Iraq War appeared to be one of the most expensive in US history. Together with the Afghanistan military campaign it will cost taxpayers up to $6 trillion, according to a recent Harvard report.

“The legacy of decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will dominate future federal budgets for decades to come,” it said, adding that the highest cost of payouts to WWI veterans only fell about 50 years after the end of the war.

That, of course, is nothing compared to the human cost of the war. Some 300,000 people have died directly from the warfare, including an estimated 125,000 civilians in Iraq. The March 2013 'Costs of War' report said that with the inclusion of slain journalists, aid workers and insurgents, the minimum death toll had reached an estimated 176,000 to 189,000.


Iraqis gather at the scene of a car bomb.(AFP Photo / Mujahed Mohammed)

Despite all that and also the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, undermining the main pretext for starting the military campaign, former President Bush continues to reaffirm how comfortable he is with the with his decision to invade Iraq. 

“I am comfortable in the decision-making process. I think the removal of Saddam Hussein was the right decision for not only our own security, but for giving people a chance to live in a free society,” he told ABC in late March.

However confident Bush is of his decisions, the non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction damaged US’s credibility on the international level.

That legacy is haunting the current US administration. On Tuesday, Obama said the White House had evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria.

Washington is now considering if escalating American efforts overseas is the right response to the situation. Before making a decision Obama, however, wants more details on Assad’s regime’s ties with the use of chemical weapons, not to fall into ‘Bush’s trap’.

RW - '...but for giving people a chance to live in a free society,'. Those that survived that is. And those that did live through Mr. Bush's contribution to hell's extent are no freer than the people on this side of the Atlantic... in fact freedom in the west declined thanks to Bush and hit coterie of war criminals in DC.
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« Reply #321 on: May 03, 2013, 10:23:01 AM »
16 killed, many injured in two separate attacks in Iraq

Fri May 3, 2013 1:36PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/03/301608/14-killed-in-two-separate-attacks-in-iraq/


File photo shows Iraqi troops and firefighters at the site of a terrorist car bomb attack in Kirkuk.

The attacks come a day after the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said that April 2013 was Iraq's deadliest month since June 2008, with a total of 712 people killed and 1,633 wounded in bomb attacks and other forms of violence."

At least 16 people have been killed and dozens injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Iraq, security sources say.

Nine Iraqi police were killed and seven others were injured in clashes with armed militants in the northern city of Mosul on Friday.

Seven people were also killed after a car bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in Rashidiyah, north of Baghdad, as worshippers left the mosque following the Friday Prayers.

Thirteen people were also injured in the attack. Sunnis and Shias have both recently been the target of terrorist attacks in Iraq.

The attacks come a day after the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said that April 2013 was Iraq's deadliest month since June 2008, with a total of 712 people killed and 1,633 wounded in bomb attacks and other forms of violence.

Almost 600 of the victims are reported to be civilians and the rest were members of Iraqi security forces.

The mission also said that Baghdad was the worst affected governorate with a total of 211 killed and 486 injured.

"Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with a total of 697 civilian casualties, followed by Diyala, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Anbar," the UNAMI statement added.

Iraq's Interior Ministry, however, puts the total death toll for April at 245.
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« Reply #322 on: May 06, 2013, 06:19:39 AM »
Bomb explosion kills 4, injures 11 in Iraq’s capital Baghdad

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At least four people have been killed and 11 others injured after a bomb explosion targeted a restaurant in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad.
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« Reply #323 on: May 15, 2013, 04:53:14 PM »
String of bombing attacks kill 29, injure 70 in Iraq

Wed May 15, 2013 9:21PM
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/15/303731/bombings-kill-29-injure-70-in-iraq/


Rescuers work at the site of a car bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk on May 15, 2013.


Rescuers work at the site of a car bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk on May 15, 2013.

At least 29 people have been killed and 70 others injured in a series of bombings in Iraq, security and medical officials say.

Car bombs exploded in the Kadhimiya, Sadr City, Saidiyah and Baghdad al-Jadida districts of the capital, killing at least 14 people and injuring at least 47, AFP quoted the officials said as saying.

A roadside bomb in the al-Zafaraniyah area in the southeast of the capital also killed two police officers.

Al-Iraqiya television network reported four other car bomb blasts in Baghdad, quoting the security command responsible for the city.

A car bomb killed eight people and wounded eight others in the deadliest single bombing of the day in the northern city of Kirkuk.

Later in the day, a roadside bomb targeted the Kirkuk police chief's convoy, and another car bomb exploded nearby killing two people and injured nine others.

An explosives-laden motorcycle detonated at a police checkpoint in al-Tarmia, a town in the al-Faris district of the Baghdad Governorate, killing one policeman and wounding four people.

Two policemen were also killed and two others were wounded in attacks in the northern city of Mosul.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.

In response, the government has stepped up efforts to boost security across the country.
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« Reply #324 on: May 17, 2013, 06:06:01 AM »
Eight killed in bomb attack targeting funeral in Iraq

Fri May 17, 2013 12:40PM GMT
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At least eight people have been killed and 25 others injured after a bomb exploded at a funeral procession south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.


41 killed, 57 injured in bombings near a mosque north of Baghdad

Fri May 17, 2013 12:36PM GMT
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At least 41 people have been killed and 57 others injured in two bombings near a mosque north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
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« Reply #325 on: May 17, 2013, 10:05:09 AM »





BOOM!! Then as the rescuers come to help - another BOOM!!! So Jewish

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« Reply #326 on: May 17, 2013, 10:17:59 AM »
BOOM!! Then as the rescuers come to help - another BOOM!!! So Jewish

Bombs are going off in every country targeted/occupied by USG/Israel and no one claims responsibility, no investigation names names, and there is no follow up whatsoever. It's reported much like the day's weather - a given. Compare that to Boston which was bogus but resulted in dead patsies and the imposition of martial law in Watertown.
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« Reply #327 on: May 17, 2013, 01:29:50 PM »
Seventy-six killed in and outside Baghdad in a string of bombings

Published time: May 17, 2013 13:36
Edited time: May 17, 2013 20:44
source: http://rt.com/news/iraq-blasts-sectarian-violence-424/


People gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baquba, about 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Baghdad, May 17, 2013.
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A series of blasts have rocked the Iraqi capital and its neighborhood killing at least 76 people and wounding dozens. The biggest explosion targeted a Sunni mosque in the town of Baquba - up to 43 fatalities were reported there.

In Baquba, a town 50 miles outside Baghdad, 43 people were killed and 56 were wounded after Friday prayers. The blast was followed by a second explosion tearing into the crowds of people who rushed to the scene to help the victims, police told Reuters.

“I was about 30 meters from the first explosion. When the first exploded, I ran to help them, and the second one went off. I saw bodies flying and I had shrapnel in my neck,” Hashim Munjiz, a college student, told Reuters.

The second bombing, at a funeral south of the capital, killed eight and wounded 11, AP said quoting medical sources.

A third attack consisting of two bombs exploded in a commercial area in a mainly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and wounding 32.

Another explosion struck a cafe in Fallujah, which killed wto pople and wounded nine.


A picture shows a coffee shop that was damaged following a bomb blast in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on May 17, 2013.
(AFP Photo / Azhar Shallal)


The series of attacks targeting Sunnis follow two days of attacks against Shiites, in which dozens also died. The string of bombing are now following a pattern of tit for tat killings that have already killed ten of thousands of people.

No group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The news comes after eleven people were killed in series of bomb attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk – Iraq’s two major cities – on Thursday.

In the Kirkuk attack, five people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance to a Shiite mosque.

While in the suburb of Sadr city in Baghdad three people and killed and 17 injured. A further blast in Baghdad a car bomb blew up outside a market in the Chukook neighborhood, which killed one bystander.

Militant attacks on Sunni and Shiite mosques as well as against security forces and tribal leaders have mushroomed since security forces aided a Sunni protest camp in Kirkuk a month ago, fuelling fear that Iraq may slide back into all out-sectarian war.


People gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baquba, about 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Baghdad, May 17, 2013.
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Overall violence in Iraq has dropped since its peak in 2005-2007, but tensions between Sunnis and Shiites have remained high since the US led invasion of the country in 2003.

Since the end of 2011 when US combat troops finally left Iraq, the Iraqi army and police force have been unable to prevent an increase in insurgency and sectarian violence.

Al-Qaeda has been highly active in Iraq since the US led invasion of 2003 and now is acknowledged as being behind much of the Sunni insurgency and sectarian violence that is gripping most of the country.

Their targets have mostly been the Shia dominated security forces and government.

The fragile government coalition between Sunnis, Shia and secularists is now in danger of collapse as violence grips Iraq and many fear a return to the terrible violence of 2006-2007. 

As well as spiralling sectarian violence, Iraqis have to deal with a daily grind of power cuts, water shortages, and a lack of jobs and schools.

Crumbling infrastructure is matched by rampant corruption. Transparency International recently ranked Iraq as the eighth most corrupt country in the world. In one of the latest scandals, the Electricity Ministry was involved in a 1.7 billion fraud.


Iraqis inspect a burnt vehicle at the site of a car bombing at a market in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City
on May 16, 2013 as at least eight people were killed in blasts across the country. (AFP Photo)



Iraqis gather around burnt vehicles at the site of a car bombing at a market in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr
City on May 16, 2013 as at least eight people were killed in blasts across the country. (AFP Photo)



An Iraqi man looks at the remains of a vehicle at the scene of a car bomb explosion the previous days in Baghdad's
Sadr City district on May 16, 2013. (AFP Photo)


RW - So what is the thinking here - bomb the crap out of civilians so they'll beg the US to stay? Yet the US is there and the bombings occur daily. Iraq (and Afghanistan, Libya, etc) may be safe for democracy but it sure as hell is not safe for people.
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« Reply #328 on: May 20, 2013, 05:57:26 AM »
Car bomb explosion kills 13 in Baghdad’s Shia district: Officials

Mon May 20, 2013 12:59PM GMT
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At least thirteen people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in a Shia district of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, officials say.


57 killed, 150 injured in Iraq bombing and shooting incidents

Mon May 20, 2013 12:27PM GMT
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At least 57 people have been killed and over 150 others injured in several bomb explosions and shooting incidents across Iraq.
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« Reply #329 on: May 20, 2013, 11:19:14 AM »
Bombings hit two Shia mosques in Iraq: Officials

Mon May 20, 2013 5:39PM GMT
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Casualties are feared as bomb explosions target two Shia mosques in Iraq, officials say.
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« Reply #330 on: May 20, 2013, 07:26:24 PM »
See, Obama was right, we don't need "troops" in Iraq anymore, the genocide goes along fine & doesn't even get on nitely news.  Old system of B-52 carpet bombing (as in Vietnam) seems a little more honest.

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« Reply #331 on: May 21, 2013, 04:50:58 PM »
42 die in another day of carnage in Iraq

Wed May 22, 2013 12:29AM GMT
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An Iraqi woman passes by the scene of a car bomb attack in the Kamaliyah neighborhood, a predominantly Shia
area of eastern Baghdad, on May 20, 2013.



Civilians inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Samarra, 100 kilometers north of Baghdad, on May 20, 2013.

Forty-two people have been killed and dozens others injured in several attacks across Iraq, according to Iraqi security and hospital sources.

All the 42 deaths occurred in attacks on Tuesday.

A car bomb targeted a Sunni mosque in the west of Baghdad, killing 11 people and injuring 21 others.

"I heard a powerful bang and a fireball near the main gate of the mosque," said Uday Raheem, a policeman who was deployed near the mosque in the Abu Ghraib area.

"We held back a while fearing a second explosion and then rushed to the blast location. The bodies of worshippers were scattered and some were shouting for help, bleeding to death."

Six more people were killed and 18 were injured by a bomb that detonated outside a cafe in the Doura district of southern Baghdad.

Eight people, including two policemen, were killed in bombings and shootings in Diyala province.

In the town of Kanaan, about 75 kilometers northeast of the capital, two roadside bombs went off in quick succession, claiming three lives.

In the city of Kirkuk, three roadside bombs killed six people, shredding their bodies and the bodies of several nearby animals.

"I heard the explosions, but never thought this place would be targeted since these animals have nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with sect, nothing to do with ethnicity or religion," said Mahmoud Jumaa, whose cousin was killed in the bomb attack.

Two car bombs killed three people in the town of Tuz Khurmato, which is located in Kirkuk province.

A bomber killed three soldiers at a checkpoint in the town of Tarmiya, north of Baghdad.

And in the eastern town of Khalis, gunmen broke into a house and killed a couple.

The incidents are the latest in a string of attacks that have left more than 300 people dead this month.

On May 20, attacks across Iraq left 113 people dead in both Shia and Sunni areas.

On May 18, shootings and bombings killed 16 people, including an anti-terrorism police captain and his entire family.

On May 17, bombers targeted Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad and surrounding areas, killing at least 76 people.

On May 16, car bombs hit Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad and attacks elsewhere in Iraq killed 21 people.

On May 15, a car bomb in the capital's main Shia district and attacks in other areas of the country killed 33 people.

And on May 14, unidentified gunmen killed 11 people in eastern Baghdad.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.
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« Reply #332 on: May 21, 2013, 06:07:02 PM »


Who benefits? Who has the technology? Who specializes in civil war?



Who wants to control the world's oil

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« Reply #333 on: May 21, 2013, 06:47:48 PM »


Who benefits? Who has the technology? Who specializes in civil war?

Who wants to control the world's oil? Who wants to control the world?

That's better.
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« Reply #334 on: May 27, 2013, 07:57:54 AM »
Car bomb explosions kill over 50 in Shia districts of Baghdad

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More than 50 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in car bomb attacks that targeted Shia districts of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
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« Reply #335 on: May 27, 2013, 09:38:07 AM »
Bomb attacks in Iraqi capital kill 70, injure dozens

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At least 70 people have been killed and dozens more injured in 11 bomb attacks that rocked the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, local sources say.

The explosions tore into busy markets and shopping areas in mainly Shia districts across Baghdad on Monday.

The blasts come one day after over a dozen people lost their lives in a series of cross-country attacks, including a deadly explosion on the highway from Balad to Samarra in north of the capital that killed five Iranian pilgrims.

More than 400 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in bombings and others acts of violence in Iraq since the start of May.

This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on May 2 that April was the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008 as terrorist attacks killed over 700 people and injured more than 1,600 others across the country.

UNAMI also stated that Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with a total of 211 killed and nearly 500 injured.

Violence has increased in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for the fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.
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« Reply #336 on: May 27, 2013, 08:00:19 PM »
Bomb attacks in Iraqi capital kill 70, injure dozens

An amazing run of terror bombings in Iraq: sure Mossad/MI6/CIA have sectarian dupes willing to do some bombings but the way things are orchestrated I wonder if Terror Inc doesn't have a way of using drone strikes to resemble car bombs/suicide bombs?  Eyewitness accounts suggesting such would be little problem for JMSM who would simply ignore.  RT/Press TV don't seem to broach that topic.

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« Reply #337 on: May 27, 2013, 08:42:43 PM »
An amazing run of terror bombings in Iraq: sure Mossad/MI6/CIA have sectarian dupes willing to do some bombings but the way things are orchestrated I wonder if Terror Inc doesn't have a way of using drone strikes to resemble car bombs/suicide bombs?  Eyewitness accounts suggesting such would be little problem for JMSM who would simply ignore.  RT/Press TV don't seem to broach that topic.

I think they have a surplus of explosives and an utter lack of conscience. And yeah, RT/Press TV just report these bombings as if they were reporting the weather. You would think they might take the time to investigate a little deeper. The most I've seen as far as digging deeper are analysts providing generalities with not much to go on. I don't know how one could make a drone Hellfire look like a car bomb. The exhaust plume would hardly be invisible or unnoticed.
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« Reply #338 on: May 28, 2013, 07:53:06 AM »
16 killed, 37 injured in fresh Iraq attacks

Tue May 28, 2013 3:27PM GMT
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An Iraqi police inspects the scene of a car bomb attack. (File photo)

At least 16 people have been killed and 37 others injured in a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq, security officials say.

Many of the victims of Tuesday attacks are reported to be members of the security forces.

In the deadliest attack, five people were killed and 26 others were wounded after a bomb exploded on a bus in Baghdad’s Shia neighborhood of Sadr City, AFP reported.

Four people, among them two police, were also killed in a car bomb explosion in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad. Eight people were also injured in the attack.

In another development, four Iraqi policemen were killed in clashes in the northern city of Mosul, while a senior police intelligence officer was killed and three police were wounded in a bombing near the city.

In a separate incident, gunmen killed two anti-al-Qaeda militiamen near Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

The attacks come a day after almost 70 people were killed in bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Nearly 500 people have been killed across Iraq since the start of May.

On May 21, at least 42 people were killed and many others injured in a series of terrorist attacks across Iraq. A day earlier, nearly 100 people were killed in multiple attacks.

The Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki has blamed militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime for the recent wave of violence. He has also accused some regional countries of fueling the violence in his country in a bid to topple the Iraqi government.
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« Reply #339 on: May 28, 2013, 09:50:38 PM »
I think they have a surplus of explosives and an utter lack of conscience. And yeah, RT/Press TV just report these bombings as if they were reporting the weather. You would think they might take the time to investigate a little deeper. The most I've seen as far as digging deeper are analysts providing generalities with not much to go on. I don't know how one could make a drone Hellfire look like a car bomb. The exhaust plume would hardly be invisible or unnoticed.

Perhaps rocket motor can be shut off in last few hundred meters; some bombing pics show exploded cars, others reports are just text.  Perhaps drone strikes often timed to coincide with car bombs?  Noise could be covered up by loud electrical generators?

I remember when SR-71 plane flew overhead on pre-announced public cross-USA record flight:  was working in a high-rise building & heard the windows shake from sonic boom.  Surrounded by hundreds of people: none appeared to pay the slightest attention nor have any idea what was going on.  Oblivious DC f*ckheads.