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    841 dead in Baghdad stampede
    323 hurt as bridge railing collapses amid panic near mosque



    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 841 people were killed and 323 others injured in a stampede on a Baghdad bridge after a massive Shiite religious commemoration erupted into panic Wednesday.


    Most of those killed were women and children, police sources said. Authorities expect the death toll to reach 1,000, Health Ministry official Jased Latif Ali said.

    Witnesses said the stampede started after someone screamed that a suicide bomber was in the crowd of pilgrims heading to the Kadhimiya mosque in northern Baghdad.

    A railing on the bridge then collapsed under the crush of people, and hundreds fell to their deaths in the Tigris River about 30 meters (yards) below, CNN's Jennifer Eccleston reported. (See video of the bridge still jammed with people after the panic.)

    According to police, some people were crushed to death but most drowned. Emergency crews rushed the wounded to five hospitals as relatives at the riverbank searched for their kin.

    The stampede occurred at about 11:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT) near the mosque, where pilgrims were gathered to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Moussa al-Khadhem, a prominent figure in Shiite history.

    He is buried at the Kadhimiya mosque, the largest Shiite mosque in the capital.

    Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced a three-day mourning period, and President Jalal Talabani said the stampede "will leave a scar in our souls and will be remembered with those who died in the result of terror acts."

    The death toll could rise as the crews search the Tigris for more bodies.

    Health Minister Abdul Muttalib Ali confirmed that "the chaos that happened at the Al-A'imma bridge" began because of a "rumor" of a bombing.

    "This led to a very horrible chaos," he said, causing people "to run in an uncontrolled way and this led to suffocation of so many people and drowning of some of them in the river."

    The incident took place three hours after a mortar attack near the same mosque killed seven people and wounded 36 others, police said.

    The U.S. military said helicopter crews saw insurgents "firing rockets and mortars that landed near a mosque," causing "several impacts" on the mosque.

    The helicopter crews took aim at the insurgents, and coalition ground units raced to the area and searched for those responsible for the attack.

    "At the suspected point of origin, coalition forces discovered evidence of a tube used for launching rockets," the military said, adding that more than a dozen people were detained for questioning.

    The attack didn't stop pilgrims from continuing their rituals, marked in part by self-flagellation and chest-thumping in their walk to the shrine in the hours before the stampede.

    The prime minister's office said a committee has been formed to investigate the stampede and mortar attack.
    Air strikes kill 7 militants

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Marines told CNN that air strikes flattened insurgent safe houses used by militants linked to al Qaeda in western Iraq.

    The air attacks near the Syrian border killed at least seven militants, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force said.

    A top operative called Abu Islam was among the dead, the force said.

    Police in Baghdad reported that 56 civilians were killed in the strikes.

    They said police contacts in the region told them 40 civilians died in one house and 16 in another. Two children survived, they added.

    A U.S. military spokesman said he had no specifics yet on the strike.

    Lt. Col. Steve Boylan of the Coalition Press Information Center said: "We target only military targets and take precautions on any type of civilian casualties on all of our operations."

    CNN could not independently verify the report of civilian deaths.

    The three air strikes were ordered on Husayba and Karabila, near Qaim, after tips were received, officials told CNN.

    Four 500-pound bombs were dropped on a house outside Husayba in the first raid at 6:20 a.m. (10:20 p.m. Monday ET), a statement said.

    Two more bombs were later dropped on a house the Marines said was occupied by Abu Islam.

    In the third attack, two bombs were aimed at a house in Karabila where militants sought refuge after the first strike, the statement said.

    The attacks were the latest combat in continued hostilities reported in the border region.

    On Friday, Marine planes pounded a suspected safe house in Husayba where about 50 insurgents were said to be staying, the day after three U.S. soldiers died in a roadside bombing in the town.
    U.S. pilot killed

    A U.S. pilot was killed and a second was wounded when a U.S. helicopter was hit by small-arms fire in northern Iraq, a military spokesman said.

    The attack on the UH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter came while it was flying over Tal Afar.

    The aircraft went down, but the wounded pilot was able to get the helicopter airborne again and left the immediate area.

    The number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war stands at 1,878.

    Violence continues in Iraq as politicians try to move forward with the constitutional process.

    In separate incidents Monday, gunmen assassinated the brother of the former governor of Baghdad and an official assigned to the Iraqi Elections Commission. (Full story)

    The killings came a day after Iraq's constitutional committee approved a final draft of the Iraqi constitution and put it before the National Assembly, despite the rejection of Sunni Arab leaders. (Full story)

    It will go to the Iraqi people, who will vote by October 15.

    CNN's Jennifer Eccleston, Kianne Sadeq, Cal Perry, Enes Dulami and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this story.

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    Outstanding end of the summer eh?

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    What a terrible story, how can something like this happen?!

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    Wht the fuck is happening in the world??? Is there no goddam good news for a change??? God bless those who died and those who mourn.
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    The most sad thing is how little people even bother to pay attention to the topic.

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    I guess it's a case of the closer to home the more relevant it seems. The horrors in the US are easier for me to empathise with.

    Anywhere in the world, a life needlessly lost is a tragedy.
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    THe US is pretty much as far from you as Iraq (as far as the distance goes). But I know that's not what you're on about.

    I won't be sincere if I'd say both events are equally horrible to me, but I still find it sad that so many lifes have been lost on one day, especially when the majority of victims were women and children

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    The most sad thing is how little people even bother to pay attention to the topic.
    What do you mean?
    As in "News Headlines"?

    --edit-- Also, how long will it be before the US Gov't is somehow blamed for this tragedy due to religious fanaticism?
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    What do you mean?
    As in "News Headlines"?
    As on here

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    It was the #3 story on all off the national news shows tonight.

    That's pretty high for a freak accident. The hurricane and aftermath deserve their position in the headlines. This disaster is going to affect the U.S. for years in so many ways, they're only just now calculating the effects. It's just huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    THe US is pretty much as far from you as Iraq (as far as the distance goes). But I know that's not what you're on about.

    I won't be sincere if I'd say both events are equally horrible to me, but I still find it sad that so many lifes have been lost on one day, especially when the majority of victims were women and children
    Mish, I meant as in not being able to relate to wanting to blow the shit out of my neighbour. I gotta say, knowing that mostly women and children died here sickens me. What sickens me also, is the fact that some people have no respect for human life... period. And, as compassionate as I try always to be, there are issues in other parts of the world that have nothing to do with man's inhumanity to man, and I am beginning to get immune to what is happening in the Middle East. (Maybe some here will think that's heartless of me. There is only so much we can do and the people there have to take responsibility to sort out their own problems.. AND SAVE THEIR OWN FAMILIES LIVES ..there I said it! Though it hurts to say that. )

    The people of the Gulf Coast I can relate to. Normal families who have been ripped apart by Mother Nature at her meanest. Who were safe in their homes one minute and now in this awful awful state thru NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN!! People like me. And in my heart I look at my kids and think "But for the grace of God......."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    The most sad thing is how little people even bother to pay attention to the topic.
    How and why did you come to this assumption?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw
    How and why did you come to this assumption?
    10 replies in the thread (half of which are owned by me) ain't an explanation? It hasn't even got enough clicks, just like with 'US soldier awarded with Medal of Honour' thread a few months back. That's black on yellow, not an assumption

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    10 replies in the thread (half of which are owned by me) ain't an explanation?

    No not really.

    I'd like to know how people "aren't paying attention" to the news item because no one posted in the thread.

    Just because people don't post in the thread or look at it, doesn't mean people don't care. It's on the news, it was a freak accident and there' s nothing to say or discuss really.

    But that doesn't mean no one cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw
    No not really.

    I'd like to know how people "aren't paying attention" to the news item because no one posted in the thread.

    Just because people don't post in the thread or look at it, doesn't mean people don't care. It's on the news, it was a freak accident and there' s nothing to say or discuss really.

    But that doesn't mean no one cares.
    Well, pretty much true . I really hope I'm wrong on this.

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    Greenpaw, I know where he's coming from, I said the same thing last month. It's kinda true if you think about it, the London bombings got 20 pages of replies, yet the Egypt bombing's got about 10 replies in total, and half of those were just responding to me.

    I don't think he's saying that we all suck for not talking about this tragedy, but it is something to think about.

 

 

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