Is Civil War in Iraq?

Attack on compound caps bloody week for pro-coalition Iraqis

By Nobel Johns

We went over there to steal a little oil for our greedy American economy, but when the world caught us in the act, it now appears that we are getting ready to cut and run, while leaving Iraq in a state of civil war.

Consider this; maybe we should have bought the damn oil!

For example, about 50 insurgents stormed a police station and a civil defense compound at dawn in Fallujah, Iraq, on Saturday, killing at least 17 Iraqi police officers and freeing dozens of prisoners.

It was the latest in a bloody week of attacks against Iraqis working with the coalition.

At least four of the attackers also died in Saturday's assault, which led to an hourlong wild gun battle between insurgents and Iraqi security forces that started in downtown Fallujah and flared out. Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, is the epicenter of of anti-U.S. sentiment in the volatile Sunni Triangle, north and west of the capital.

Hospital officials said at least 30 people were wounded in the attack. Ten suspected attackers were arrested, Iraqi authorities said.

The attackers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, and AK-47 machine guns, stormed the central police station and freed nearly 100 prisoners. They also struck the headquarters of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, where U.S. Army Gen. John Abizaid's convoy was ambushed Thursday. Abizaid, the head of the U.S. Central Command, and his entourage were unharmed in the attack.

Video of the gun battle showed Iraqi police fighting back, but the police appeared overwhelmed. Two U.S. Humvees were seen speeding along a nearby street.

A suicide car bomber Wednesday killed 47 people, most of them Iraqi men standing in line to join the new Iraqi army, Iraqi medical officials said.

Tuesday a truck bombing killed 55 people near a police station south of Baghdad as Iraqi applicants lined up outside.

In two other attacks Tuesday, two pairs of Iraqi police officers were shot as they drove to work in Baghdad, Interior Ministry sources said.

More than 600 Iraqi security and police forces have been killed since April.

Demonstrations were held in other Iraqi cities Saturday. In Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, protesters rallied against U.S. military actions and demanded the release of thousands of Iraqi prisoners.

The U.S. military is investigating accusations that the U.S. troops abuses Iraqi detainees at the prison.

Also Saturday, in Sulamaniyah, part of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, demonstrators called for Kurdish independence.

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