The body count rises
Baghdad's homicide rate has tripled in the last month. Most of the victims are Sunni and the killers, widely assumed to be government backed death squads, go free. Patrick Cockburn argues that the battle for Baghdad has already begun.
Although it is not an issue that much concerns George Bush or the New York Times, Shiite death squads have also been systematically targeting gay Iraqis in response to Ayatollah al-Sistani's fatwa calling for homosexuals to be killed in the worst, most severe ways.