The Iraqi police are killing our troops:
A US Army investigation has concluded that Iraqi police assisted insurgents in an assault in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala in January that killed five US soldiers, USA Today reported on Thursday. During the attack, guerrillas posing as Americans entered a government compound in Kerbala, killed a US soldier and drove away with four others whom they shot and killed later.
Among details included in the investigation were that Iraqi police vanished from the government compound before the attack, that gunmen knew exactly where to find and abduct US officers and that a back gate was left unlocked and unguarded. Some US soldiers who survived the assault told investigators they believed some attackers were allowed to blend in among Iraqi police inside the compound in the hours before the attack, the report said. It added that soldiers also told investigators they saw an Iraqi police commander in the compound talking on a cell phone and laughing as the assault ended.
Just today, our troops came under fire from a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police:
U.S. soldiers killed at least 13 people including six Iraqi policemen after coming under fire from a police checkpoint in Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said. A U.S. warplane made a strike during the raid in mainly Shi'ite east Baghdad after U.S. soldiers came under "heavy and accurate" gunfire from a police checkpoint, rooftops and a church, the military said in a statement.
Seven suspected militants were also killed during the clash, in which U.S. soldiers detained an Iraqi police lieutenant on suspicion of planning roadside bomb and mortar attacks on U.S. forces.
It's bad enough that our troops have to deal with a myriad of insurgent groups, militias, and terrorists, but now they have to watch out for the Iraqi police. It's high time to put an end to George W Bush's excellent adventure and pull our troops out of this shooting gallery.
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