Parliament speaker: Iraq has months to avert collapse
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — On a day when bombs claimed at least 14 lives in Iraq and dozens more bodies were found in Baghdad, a top politician warned Wednesday that the country will collapse by year's end if warring groups fail to reconcile.Why so glum? Maybe this:
Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Arab, urged his colleagues to support national reconciliation, the prime goal of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.
“We have three to four months, and if the country does not survive this, the boat will sink,” al-Mashhadani said during a parliament session after some lawmakers criticized parliamentary procedures.
On Wednesday, 34 bodies were found dumped in Baghdad, all showing signs of torture, a mode of killing that authorities believe is sectarian-related.ABC is also reporting that Iraqi August death tolls reported from Iraqi morgues were just trippled from the initially reported 550 deaths reported by the U.S. military to over 1,500 according to the Iraqis.
The discovery came a day after seven bullet-riddled bodies were found in Baghdad and two days after 40 bodies turned up in the same condition, a police official said.
A Pentagon report issued Friday found that more than 1,600 people were killed in cold-blooded “execution-style” slayings in July alone, a new high.