Saddam Hussein is on trial, and there are over 130,000 U.S. troops responsible for providing additional security and support on the ground throughout Iraq, but bombs exploded near yet another significant Shiite religious shrine, and at least 30 are dead including two American soldiers following attacks nationwide Sunday.
Shiites in Iran are blaming the West for the bombing of the Askariya shrine last week in Samarra. Protestors hurled Molotov cocktails at the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday.
Confidence in the U.S. mission in Iraq appears to be headed for the doldrums after two of the war’s staunch supporters, arch-Conservatives Bill Kristol and William F. Buckley Jr. consider waving the white flag.
Today is the deadline for U.S. negotiators to meet the demands of Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll’s kidnappers to secure her release. There apparently is nothing further to report here.
Many of Iraq’s newly trained police forces are suspected of doubling as death squads, according to a UN envoy.