Tragedy in Baghdad


A major tragedy in Baghdad occurred today:

Panicked by rumors of a suicide bomber, thousands of Shiite pilgrims broke into a stampede on a bridge during a religious procession Wednesday, crushing one another or plunging 30 feet into the muddy Tigris river. About 800 died, mostly women and children, officials said.

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The Iraqis are as concerned about terrorism as we are. Security and stability are needed badly in Iraq. We need to get Iraqis trained to provide security as quickly as we can. I think we have trained about 26,000 Iraqis to date. We need to have at least 100,000 to 150,000 trained Iraqis who can take over the security of the country.

Our condolences to the families of those Iraqis whose lives were lost in this terrible incident.