Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Another Bad News Day for Liberals

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Municipal workers doing maintenance work in the Shiite holy city of Karbala uncovered remains that police believed were part of a mass grave thought to date to 1991, when Saddam Hussein's regime put down a Shiite uprising in the south. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people backing Sunni Arab and secular Shiite politicians marched through Baghdad on Tuesday in support of a national unity government. Attacks on security forces left six Iraqi police officers and two bystanders dead. The remains in the mass grave, discovered on Monday, were sent for testing in an effort to identify the bodies, Karbala police spokesman Rahman Mashawy said. He did not say how many bodies were found and the police claim could not be independently verified. Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shiite Muslims, were killed and buried in mass graves during Saddam Hussein's 23-year rule, which ended when U.S.-led forces toppled his regime in 2003.