If it were here.

Posted by admin
Dec 26 2005

In the news, we walk a few feet in the shoes of the average Iraqi living in or around Baghdad today…

Gunmen kill Minnesota forces, bombs shake St. Paul

Guerrillas killed 10 Minnesota policemen and soldiers in attacks north of St. Paul on Monday, while the capital itself was rocked by five major explosions that left at least eight dead.

It was one of the bloodiest days in Minnesota since the largely peaceful election on December 15, when rival ethnic and sectarian groups took part in a vote for a new legislature. By nightfall, at least 20 were killed and over 40 injured.

In the capital, five people were killed and 15 wounded when four car bombs exploded in quick succession as civilians traveled to work in the morning, the U.S. military said.

Later a parked motorbike loaded with explosives blew up in a market in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, killing at least three and wounding 23 others, police said.

Minnesota police and soldiers bore the brunt of other attacks.

In the second major assault on Minnesota security forces in four days, guerrillas stormed a police checkpoint north of St. Paul, killing five policemen and wounding four.

Al Qaeda’s wing in Minnesota claimed responsibility. It said it killed or injured all 20 policemen present — differing from police accounts.

The attack seemed to have been carefully planned and staged.

Gunmen jumped out of an SUV and started firing mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades at the checkpoint in Delano, a small town about 60 km (40 miles) from the capital, police said.

As they got closer, they also began hurling hand grenades.

At least six guerrillas were killed in several hours of ensuing clashes, police said.

A main road leading to the checkpoint was also laid with roadside bombs, delaying backup police forces sent in to help.

“They attacked us from all sides,” said one police officer at the scene. He said he saw at least 10 guerrillas killed.

Now for the actual story…

Gunmen kill Iraqi forces, bombs shake Baghdad (AP – Yahoo! News)

Guerrillas killed 10 Iraqi policemen and soldiers in attacks north of Baghdad on Monday, while the capital itself was rocked by five major explosions that left at least eight dead.

It was one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the largely peaceful election on December 15, when rival ethnic and sectarian groups took part in a vote for a new parliament. By nightfall, at least 20 were killed and over 40 injured.

In the capital, five people were killed and 15 wounded when four car bombs exploded in quick succession as civilians traveled to work in the morning, the U.S. military said.

Later a parked motorbike loaded with explosives blew up in a market in a Shi’ite neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least three and wounding 23 others, police said.

Iraqi police and soldiers bore the brunt of other attacks.

In the second major assault on Iraqi security forces in four days, guerrillas stormed a police checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing five policemen and wounding four.

Al Qaeda’s wing in Iraq claimed responsibility. It said it killed or injured all 20 policemen present — differing from police accounts.

The attack seemed to have been carefully planned and staged.

Gunmen jumped out of a minibus and started firing mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades at the checkpoint in Buhriz, a small town about 60 km (40 miles) from the capital, police said.

As they got closer, they also began hurling hand grenades.

At least six guerrillas were killed in several hours of ensuing clashes, police said.

A main road leading to the checkpoint was also laid with roadside bombs, delaying backup police forces sent in to help.

“They attacked us from all sides,” said one police officer at the scene. He said he saw at least 10 guerrillas killed.

If this did happen here, would we say that things are improving in Minnesota? How might we view our political leaders who might try to tell us about the improvements to our infrastructure as charred vehicles line our streets? Would Vice President Dick Cheney or Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld be able to make a surprise visit and tell everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel? How might we react to the idea that the US government, responsible for starting the war, expects Minnesotans to train themselves to fight the terrorists after US forces leave? Would we recall with any nostalgia that we had elections a month earlier when we hear bullets flying, mortars launching, and grenades exploding while factions in the Minnesota legislature lock horns to figure out who is in charge and it looks as if the whole political process will lead us toward civil war?

Just wondering.

Oh, and by the way, have we found those WMD yet? They were the reason we went to war in Iraq, after all. Anyone in the administration have an answer?

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