From CNN 14 Sep 06 --
More than 80 dead in apparent reprisals
A corpse is brought into
Police found 29 bodies, their hands bound and gunshot wounds in their heads, on the eastern side of the capital in a Shiite neighborhood.
Fifteen bodies also were found Tuesday morning in a truck in a Sunni
neighborhood in western
Another two bodies were discovered in southern
Police counted the recovery of 40 bodies during the 24 hours that ended at Tuesday ().
"Police won't say this, but the indications are that these are sectarian killings," CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson said.
"You talk to some people here in
"That's the perception in the city at the moment."
Sectarian violence has gripped the capital, home to 6 million Iraqis,
and flared in other cities since the February 22 bombing of a revered Shiite
The latest wave of killings follows Sunday's string of car bombs
While the Pentagon says it hopes to reduce the level of
"General Casey may decide he wants to bulk up slightly for the
pilgrimage," he said of Gen. George Casey, the top-ranking
Rumsfeld denied suggestions that
"The path to civil war is available to the Iraqi people. And the path toward freedom and representative government is available to them," said Gen. Peter Pace. "They are standing at the crossroads right now and they're looking down both paths."
A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday found only 36 percent of Americans approved of Bush's performance in office -- a new low for his presidency in that poll -- and 57 percent said they considered the March 2003 invasion that toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a mistake. (Full story)
But Monday, Bush said
· A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded seven others near
a school on the main road in Khan bani Sa'ed, about 12 miles (20 kilometers)
south of the provincial capital of Baquba, a spokesman with the
· Iraqi police in the northern city of
CNN's Arwa Damon and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.