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Sunday, 31 October 2004
Freedom is still on the march.
It is really getting hard to keep up with the multiple disasters that occur everyday that freedom marches on but:

Only a day after the Brits moved up to watch our backs:

BBC: Rockets have been fired at the base south of Baghdad used by British troops from the Black Watch battle group.

There were four explosions at the base, known as Camp Dogwood, early on Sunday but no-one was reported injured.

BBC correspondent Nick Springate, who is with the troops, said those in the base were busy filling sandbags to build up defenses.

The troops have come under attack every night since their arrival on Friday and on Saturday the Black Watch's commanding officer, Lt Col James Cowen, took part in reconnaissance patrols to survey the area around the camp.
Camps and vehicles in Basra have also been attacked overnight.

NY Times:

Eight marines were killed and nine others wounded west of the capital on Saturday when a suicide car bomb rammed into their convoy, military officials said, resulting in the deadliest day for the American forces in half a year.
[The Marines later reported a ninth combat death on Saturday, The Associated Press reported,

...the insurgents who have seized the offensive in recent weeks, and the number of attacks per day has risen by 30 percent or more since mid-October, at the start of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, military officials say.

Freedom is on the march, for the insurgents at least:

The relentless assaults have driven a wall between the foreign presence here and the rest of the country, with soldiers, diplomats and contractors holed up in their fortified hotels or bases while guerrillas move freely and strike at will.

Another hostage killed:

A decapitated body wrapped in an American flag and found in an insurgent-controlled section of Baghdad was that of a Japanese man kidnapped by Islamic militants, a Japanese official said Sunday, The Associated Press reported. Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said in Tokyo that the government had confirmed that the body found Saturday was that of Shosei Koda, 24, a Japanese traveler being held by the militant group of Jordanian fighter Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The Iraqis probably need a little more training before the election:

On Saturday, Iraqi police officers and National Guardsmen fired wildly at civilians on a road south of Baghdad after insurgents attacked an American convoy, The Associated Press reported.

The Iraqi forces shot at and threw grenades at three minibuses and three vans, killing at least 14 people and injuring 10 others, witnesses and a doctor said.

Video from Associated Press Television News showed bodies riddled with bullet holes inside buses and on the road near Haswa, a town 25 miles south of the capital. An interior ministry spokesman, Sabah Kadhum, confirmed in an interview that Iraqi forces had fired on six vehicles.

[And of course of whole bunch of car bombs that killed at least 15. BNut that's so mundane now at days its almost not worth mentioning.

We need Bush to keep us safe from all the weapons he let slip through his hands.

On to Fallujah. And remember, real men still want to go to Tehran!]

Posted by bushmeister0 at 6:44 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 31 October 2004 6:45 PM EDT
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