March 21st, 2006

bleeding eye

Morning Routine: How many died today?

Insurgents Kill 19 Iraqis in Prison Break
Mar 21, 9:30 AM (ET)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Insurgents stormed a jail around dawn Tuesday in the Sunni Muslim heartland north of Baghdad, killing 19 police and a courthouse guard in a prison break that freed dozens of prisoners and left 10 attackers dead, authorities said.

As many as 100 insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the judicial compound in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles northeast of the capital. The assault began after the attackers fired a mortar round into the police and court complex, said police Brig. Ali al-Jabouri.

At least 33 prisoners were freed in the jail break.

After burning the police station, the insurgents detonated roadside bombs as they fled, taking the bodies of many of their dead comrades with them, police said. At least 13 policemen and civilians and 15 gunmen were wounded.

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A hundred insurgents attacking a jail, freeing the inmates and laying roadside bombs to insure their getaway? That sounds awfully damn organized to me. Like a military organization. Organized and with goals. That's not even mentioning the death squads the Shi'ites have organized.

Over the weekend, Allawi actually said there is a civil war in Iraq. After reading the above, I think its getting into full swing.

Mission accomplished?