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    Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2005 - The death toll for American troops in Iraq rose in May to the highest level since January, with the U.S. military saying Tuesday that insurgents have doubled their number of daily attacks since April.

    This latest spree of violence by insurgents, who rose up after the American-led invasion in 2003 toppled President Saddam Hussein, put a dramatic end to a period when attacks on U.S. forces had waned after the historic Jan. 30 elections.

    At least 77 U.S. troops were killed in May, according to a count of deaths announced by the military. That is the highest toll since 107 Americans were killed in January. It marked the second straight monthly increase since 36 U.S. troops died in March, among the lowest tolls of the war.

    Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said insurgents are staging about 70 attacks nationwide per day.

    'A lull' after the elections

    “There was a lull in attacks after the elections,” Boylan said.

    “There was a period of time right after the election until the beginning of April or middle of April that we actually saw them (daily rebel attacks) dip into the low 30s.”

    The latest Pentagon figures listed 1,658 U.S. military deaths since the war began, with another 12,630 wounded in combat. The United States has 139,000 troops in Iraq, with another 23,000 British and other foreign soldiers.

    In the recent spike in violence, insurgents also have aggressively targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians. Boylan said more than 600 Iraqis were killed or wounded in May.

    Boylan attributed the rise in U.S. deaths in May to several factors.

    May was a record month for car bombs used by insurgents in suicide attacks and with remote-controlled detonations, he said. Boylan added U.S. forces suffered losses in offensives against the rebels such as Operation New Market in the western town of Haditha and Operation Matador around the western town of Qaim, close to the Syrian border.

    Asked if the insurgents, a mix of indigenous Sunni Muslim Arabs and foreign radical Islamic fighters, could sustain the current level of violence, Boylan said, “Don’t know yet.”

    Defense analysts said the recent violence was the latest evidence Iraq remains an uncertain project for America.

    “Those who believed that the elections would be a decisive turning point undermining the insurgency are disappointed yet again,” Cato Institute defense analyst Ted Carpenter said. “The insurgency seems as capable as ever.”

    U.S. generals in the weeks after the election had talked about a possible serious reduction in U.S. troop levels next year.

    Assessment not finished

    Gen. George Casey, top U.S. commander in Iraq, has not completed his assessment of future troop levels, Boylan said, adding that the level of violence and the capabilities of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces would be crucial factors.

    “The reality is we have discovered, despite all our propaganda, that we are facing a very tough, resilient and smart adversary,” defense analyst Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute said.

    Goure said rebels have continuously changed, updated and modified tactics, dumping those that no longer worked. Goure also faulted U.S. forces for being slow to cut off the supply of bullets, bombs, money and recruits coming over the border from Syria.

    “I think we are in there at least for the next five years in significant numbers,” Goure said.

    Boylan preached patience.

    “This is the hardest type of fight to be in,” Boylan said. ”If we get too impatient and decide to throw in the towel too soon, then we give up everything we’ve gained up to this point.”
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8050339/

    Asked if the insurgents, a mix of indigenous Sunni Muslim Arabs and foreign radical Islamic fighters, could sustain the current level of violence, Boylan said, “Don’t know yet.”

    The iraqis as a whole are fighting the occupying US terrorists its not the non existent saddam loyalists or baath party members or shia this or sunni that your fighting the local population who don't want some sadistic army running rampage through their territory!

    “Those who believed that the elections would be a decisive turning point undermining the insurgency are disappointed yet again,” Cato Institute defense analyst Ted Carpenter said. “The insurgency seems as capable as ever.”

    Yes those fools who thought the stage managed puppet elections would whitewash everything and legitimize the US occupation are disappointed yet again what a pity for the yanks that the iraqis see through the US lies!

    #2
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    Let's be honest here, it's not the "Iraqi people" who are blowing things up. It's foreign radical Islamists and Muslim Arabs who only make up 20% of Iraqis. One group are brainwashed jihadists who like to kill infidels (and any Muslim that gets in their way) and the other group doesn't want to give up their oppressive rule over the majority.

    But why should we expect honesty when a news story is edited by the poster leaving out such things as "The increase in deaths coincides with the April 28 announcement of Iraq’s new Shiite-led government, which was followed by a wave of violence believed launched by Sunni insurgents targeting Iraqi security forces and civilians." and "But the most dramatic rise in deaths was among insurgents."

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      #3
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      Wow. There ought to be a Gupshup rule that people cannot edit stories by deleting important information unless they expressly indicate they are only posting excerpts.

      Here's another piece of the story aKKK47 chopped out.

      "Among them [670 Iraqis killed by the insurgents in May] were 434 civilians, up from 299 killed in April, according to Health Ministry figures. Some 775 civilians were also wounded last month, compared with 598 in April."

      A bunch of keyboard jihadis always seem to accuse Americans of treating Muslim blood as cheap. So here we've got a bunch of Muslim hoodlums who killed 434 Iraqi civilians and wounded 775 others in May. All this to claim a great triumph in killing 77 US soldiers.

      I'm quite sure that our keyboard jihadis agree with Zarqawi when he preaches that killing Iraqi civilians is justified as long as Americans are also killed. At a 434/77 kill ratio, we can mathematically calculate that an Iraqi civilian's life is obviously worth only 17.7% of an American soldier's life according to these Muslim hooligans. If we assume that all of the 297 insurgents and all of the 151 Iraqi policemen killed in May were also Muslim, the kill ratio is 882/77. Thus, in May, the value of a Muslim life in Iraq is precisely 8.7% of the value of a US soldier's life according to the Muslim insurgency.

      So....may I ask. Who is treating Muslim blood as cheap now? I think it's time for a good protest riot and a few mosque burnings to express our outrage at the cheapening of Muslim lives.
      "I met the surgeon general - he offered me a cigarette. " --Rodney Dangerfield

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        #4
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        how come there are zero Shias in the insurgency?

        why are these Sunni terrorists fighting, and what are they fighting for? Sunni caliphate?

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          #5
          Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

          Yes those fools who thought this staged altered story would whitewash everything and legitimize the killing of Iraqis are disappointed yet again what a pity for the keyboard jihadists that everyone sees through their lies!

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            #6
            Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

            Originally posted by nikhil25
            how come there are zero Shias in the insurgency?

            why are these Sunni terrorists fighting, and what are they fighting for? Sunni caliphate?
            Maybe Sunni Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria dont want a Shia Iraq and Iran breathing down their necks.
            Can you Hear me Now!! Good

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              #7
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              MyVoice,

              Nice work there buddy. Nice to have the insurgents define a scientifically derived ratio of worth. Do you think this ratio will hold up over time? Should we look back over a longer period? Perhaps we can get the Lancet to publish this!

              And yes, the editing again speaks loudly that Muslim deaths are the most transparent to Muslims. Almost 900 Muslim deaths and barely a mention by AK47. Talk about a US fixation.
              Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

              Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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                #8
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                well that simply means a US life is equal to 100 muslims..I had it 70 muslims/ 1 American simply based on percapita GDP..boy was I wrong. good going Sunnis..you are terrorists par excellence.
                Now repeat after me...."Jeter is the prophet and Rivera is the savior"

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                  #9
                  Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

                  Originally posted by Verizon
                  Maybe Sunni Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria dont want a Shia Iraq and Iran breathing down their necks.
                  yeah.....so the Shias defending their country against terrorist Sunnis....why aren't they referred to as "Mujahideen"?

                  why aren't they getting support from all our Sunni friends? (on gupshup and wherever else around the globe)

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                    #10
                    Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

                    Niko, that is because shias are not the right sect...they need to be blown up in their places of worship....killed by the road side, kidnappped and murdered...their leaders killed...that is the history of Islam. Islam is a religion for times immemorial...changing it is apostacy...you should know better, Idol worshipper you are the always in season!!
                    Now repeat after me...."Jeter is the prophet and Rivera is the savior"

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                      #11
                      Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

                      confused indians

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                        #12
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                        to quote the immortal obelix:

                        these muslims are crazy! ....how many castes do they have again?

                        More seriously, do people like ak47 realize country after muslim country is proving incapable of staying up? you should be thanking bush and co for saving your skins from each other

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                          #13
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                          Wow the right wing amerikkan buffoons still living in cuckoo land they think all these resistance fighters are foriegners well keep living in fantasy land the same fantasy land where you will find your WMDs and iraqis who welcoming the yankee terrorists with flower petals!

                          by the way message from iraq is keep sending more body bags and some more of those now disgraced red white and blue flags for the coffins!

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                            #14
                            Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

                            Originally posted by myvoice
                            Wow. There ought to be a Gupshup rule that people cannot edit stories by deleting important information unless they expressly indicate they are only posting excerpts.

                            Here's another piece of the story aKKK47 chopped out..............
                            Myvoice, I can assure you that AK may call you racist, fascist so and so, but he will never answer your allegations, as it is above his dignity.

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                              #15
                              Re: Bloody May for U.S. troops in Iraq

                              This is a forum where you can post article and discuss if you want full article go to the link for full story very simple i am sure even islamaphobes can understand this simple rule.

                              By the way topic of post is the mounting yank army death toll this is what the post is about discuss another rule very simple to understand even for islamaphobes

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