12 killed on day Obama outlines new mission

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAGHDAD (AP) – Bombings and drive-by shootings in Iraq have killed 12 people today.

In the worst incident of the day, suspected Al-Qaida militants blew up the house of a policeman west of Baghdad, killing him, his wife and 4-year-old daughter. Officials say the pre-dawn attack wounded seven other family members.

The latest violence supports the widely spread belief that insurgents are taking advantage of a political impasse over forming a new government after a March 7 parliamentary election failed to producer a clear winner.

Government figures show that July was the deadliest month for Iraqis in more than two years.

President Barack Obama told the Disabled American Veterans Convention in Atlanta today that U.S. Forces will be pulling out of Iraq “as promised and on schedule.”

U.S. combat troops are scheduled to be out of Iraq by the end of this month, and all American troops are to be gone by the end of next year.

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