Monday, August 08, 2005

A burning Baghdad police car from a similar anti-jobless demonstration in 2003

Samawa, Iraq - 1000 Iraqis protested the lack of basic services and jobs with demands that the government resign. Marchers threw stones at police and government buildings and burned a police car. Iraqi Police in riot armor fired on the crowds killing one and wounding 40 others. Until this incident the mainly Shi’ite town had been known as a quiet and calm place. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had claimed in a recent interview that the insurgency was gradually loseing ground. Pentagon officials have announced that they plan to start withdrawing troops as of next year, but lawmakers contend that more troops are needed as this week's casualties reach 32.