Five years ago, the now-defunct "Group News Blog" put together this helpful video explaining the American military strategy of temporarily adding more troops to Iraq while at the same time bribing the people who were shooting at us to shoot at other people until we could make it out the door known "The Surge".
Five years and thousands of uncontrollable public Neoconservative erections later, this is what post-Surge Iraq now looks like:
Attacks in Iraq kill over 40, sectarian tensions highNo word on whether the horrific violence and ongoing failure of basic civil institutions has once again delayed completion of the President George W. Bush Some Grand Square in downtown Baghdad.
By Kareem Raheem
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - A series of bomb and gun attacks across Iraq killed more than 40 people on Tuesday, a day after over 70 died in violence targeting majority Shi'ites that has stoked fears of all-out sectarian war with minority Sunnis.
Nearly 300 people have been killed in the past week as sectarian tensions, fuelled by the civil war in neighboring Syria, threaten to plunge Iraq back into communal bloodletting.
Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq's Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds have yet to find a stable power-sharing deal and violence is again on the upswing.
In the biggest single incident on Tuesday, a car bomb exploded near a Sunni mosque in the Abu Ghraib area of western Baghdad killing 11 people and wounding 21, police and medics said.