Pony Blow sez, “The strategy for victory is working.”
What would it look like if the strategy for victory wasfailing?
In a daring daytime raid, gunmen wearing the uniforms of the Iraqi National Police kidnapped between 100 and 150 people Tuesday morning, the country’s minister of higher education told parliament.
Abed Dhiyab al-Ajili ordered universities closed until security improves, saying he is “not ready to see more professors get killed.”
“I have no choice but to stop the teaching in the universities in Baghdad,” al-Ajili said.
The abductions took place at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Scholars and Cultural Relations Directorate in central Baghdad and involved up to 80 gunmen, al-Ajili said.
The kidnappers surrounded the four-story building along Nidhal Street with at least 20 vehicles, taking captive guards, employees and civilians, the minister said.
The gunmen separated the men from the women, locking the women in a room, while they loaded the men into the vehicles and made their escape, al-Ajili said.
In western Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on the convoy of an adviser to Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi, a Shiite, killing two of his bodyguards, police said. The adviser was not wounded.
Police found 46 bullet-riddled bodies Monday in various parts of Baghdad, including those of a police officer, three street vendors and a carpenter, police said.
Two American soldiers were killed Monday by a improvised bomb during combat operations in Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Both were members of the Multinational Division Baghdad.
The deaths brought the number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war to 2,844. November’s death toll stands at 33 [42, actually]. Seven civilian Pentagon contractors also have died since the war began.