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Iraqi Police Officer Dies Tackling Suicide Bomber

An Iraqi police officer gave his life trying to save others from a suicide bomber.

An Iraqi police officer was the hero of a suicide bomb attack in a crowded market street when his brave action perhaps saved dozens of lives in the southern city of Hillah. Even so the death toll was put at 60.


Mohammed Raad and his friends, Ali and Abdullah Sami, had just left a nearby gym when the first explosion ripped through the market overturning carts and blowing out shop windows.

Over the chaos, Mr Raad clearly heard a police officer shout "suicide bomber".

He saw the officer run towards a man who had opened his jacket to reveal a belt of explosives. With a last heroic gesture, the policeman threw his arms around the bomber, shielding others with his own body from the force of the second blast, according to Mr Raad and other witnesses. "He hugged him and the explosives tore apart both bodies," Mr Raad said.


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ANother one of those 'poorl... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

ANother one of those 'poorly trained and unmotivated' IRaqi policemen, eh?

God rest his soul, and bring comfort to his family.

At least he tryed to help</... (Below threshold)

At least he tryed to help

Amazing story of sa... (Below threshold)
Duncan:


Amazing story of sacrifice. That man is a hero and the Iraqi police and military need more like him, brave men who love their country and others enough to give their lives.

...What is "victory"... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

...What is "victory"? Outside of "wish upon a star" decisions by our President..when will enough be enough?

Someone else who gave their life..

"The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cpl. Stephen D. Shannon, 21, of Guttenberg, Iowa, died Jan. 31, in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a rocket during combat operations Jan. 30 in Ramadi, Iraq. Shannon was assigned to the 397th Engineer Battalion, Wausau, Wis.

For further information in regard to this release the media can contact the Army Reserve 88th Regional Readiness Command public affairs office at (312) 371-8024."

Duncan ..." brave men who l... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Duncan ..." brave men who love their country and others enough to give their lives."

How easy was it to type these words? I can link to the number of U.S. troops who were WOMEN and were killed in Iraq..what is is with this "men" crap.
All our troops, their family and friends are heroes. Unlike us, they face each day with the real possibility that this day will be their last.
...and you call for "more lives"/
The heroes of Iraq are people like you and me with families. People whose every day life of survival in chaos is the direct result of our "making them free"

...of course I must lower myself the cliche..
Why don't YOU love your country enough to risk YOUR life?

What is "victory"? Outsi... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

What is "victory"? Outside of "wish upon a star" decisions by our President..when will enough be enough?

Someone else who gave their life..

The lack of a coherent address of the slaughter that will happen when we pull out makes similar cries of outrage from the majority of the left so phony its pathetic.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide t... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide truck bomber struck a market in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 102 people among the crowd buying food for evening meals, the biggest strike in the capital in more than two months.

Hallow victory

"slaughter that will come" ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

"slaughter that will come" I agree..so please provide your coherent address of the what will come versus what is now...outside of course American troops will not be killed or injured every day...
Our brave men and women(not you)are doing what?
If it is to prevent slaughter..how many troops do think we should send to Dafur?

Majority of the left? Is it your belief that all those who no longer support a President who has consistently failed in Iraq..are lefty's?... we both know that is not true...it was not "lefty's that decided the 2006 election. It will not be "lefty's" that decide in 2008.

But hey..you and I both believe in our heart believe we are right. Both of us are of course wrong. But it is important that we share our beliefs...we both get frustrated..
so we must be more active, in a non-violent manner, to more fully support issues of our heart.

So the investment Saddam ma... (Below threshold)
914:

So the investment Saddam made in the homi-bombicide belts for the greater terrorist community is alive and well in Baghdad ehh?

If this were happening in America I wonder if certain people would be screaming that We should leave the homiciders alone? There just angry misguided deprived innocents that were mistreated by Israelis and Americans like Bush ,Sharon,Netanyahu,Cheney and Rove..

Leave them alone and try to understand their frustration with our noncompliance..Phewy!!

Because of <a href="http://... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Because of this, I am calling for a complete and immediate pullout. Clearly no one there is trained to handle this.

VagaBond, did you see this ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

VagaBond, did you see this in the story you linked to?

".. and, in Houston at least, an influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees."

SO you see, it comes full circle back to Bush's failures. The gift that keeps giving.

Don't you just love these 2... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Don't you just love these 2 traitorus bastards in nogo pissoff and barneygoogle?

The treacherous bastards wh... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

The treacherous bastards who go around spouting "peace and love" would be the first to put a gun to your head if you disagree with them. Never trust the commies or the peacenicks. The past 100 or so years is littered with the bodies of the victims of the venomous left. The purges, slaughter and outright genocide happened in the Ukraine, China and Southeast Asia. Now it appears the left is beginning to join forces with the Islamo-fascists. What a nasty group.

Nik...ah..I don't own a gun... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Nik...ah..I don't own a gun, nor ever have..by the way "peace and love"...It does not matter that you have not accepted Jesus as your personal savior as I have...but if you lack I will provide you with words of he who died for our sins (of course our sins were/are a lack of peace and love)
May I remind you that Jesus was not European..
No one can prevent the hate in your heart but you..
consider that hate has killed more than love..

The Beatitudes1And... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

The Beatitudes

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

...that damn peace and love stuff eh? of course this comes from Matt..
...is it the "peacemakers" stuff that pisses people off?

KimI'm glad to see... (Below threshold)
Frank:

Kim

I'm glad to see you're finally reporting on the "good news' from Iraq that you're always assailing the MSM for avoiding. Great job.

Nogo, you forgot to mention... (Below threshold)
Chad:

Nogo, you forgot to mention that protecting the innocent, giving unto ceasar, and so on and so forth that Jesus also preached about. A time for every season including war. What you just aren't getting is that the islamists don't want you to be able to post these verses. They don't even want you to be alive if this is what you believe.

Please remind us which side... (Below threshold)

Please remind us which side of the Iraq civil war the USA is on?

Chad...I posted what I did ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Chad...I posted what I did to folks here...
I am confused, as you offered no proof that "Islamists"(who,what are they?)have anything to do with what is posted here?...

I have yet to have anyone personally threaten my life..or say they do not want me, nogo postal alive..

Chad..if you have received personal threats you should contact the FBI...

Chad..."a time for every se... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Chad..."a time for every season" as most of us who study the Bible know occurs in the the Old Testament.
...those of us who follow Jesus know it is through the New Testament that our Savior revealed himself.
I do not fault you...however,; you only disrespect American Christians by your ignorance...

Nogo, so do you do a disser... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Nogo, so do you do a disservice to American Christians. You pick out "a time for every season" while ignoring "Render Unto Caesar"
The New Testament does not totally invalidate the Old; it only takes precedence when there is conflict between the 2.

This Iraqi police officer h... (Below threshold)

This Iraqi police officer has show that he believes in protecting Iraq. He sent a message to the world with his actions. He is truly a hero.

I find everything these BDS... (Below threshold)

I find everything these BDS sufferers say to be repugnant - but I will defend their right to say what they believe.

What I will NOT defend is their right to base their belief system on misinformation and downright lies - which is what nogopostal and others consistently do. They have no knowledge of history or even of real current events, nor do they have the slightest notion of consequences - they just blather and bloviate and spout inane stupidities - mostly jingoistic slogans or DNC talking points. And THAT I find offensive. If you are incapable of original thought and thorough, broad-based research, keep your useless opinions to yourselves.

It's 10 degrees BELOW zero and I am NOT in a good mood.




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