Left: Map of Baghdad courtesy of BBC.com
(Baghdad) Iraqi police have discovered at least 75 dead bodies in Baghdad in the last 24 hours, many of them with bound hands and feet. More corpses were found in the northern city of Mosul, police said.
41 of the bodies were found in Sadr City, the Shiite area of the Iraqi capital where car bombs killed 58 people on Sunday.
Interior ministry spokesperson Maj Falah al-Mohammedawi said that the men had been shot in the head and chest, and that they also showed signs of torture.
The attacks, which appear to be retaliatory in nature, are the second wave of mass killings in Iraq since Feb. 22, when bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of the capital.
President Bush said that insurgents are trying to provoke a civil war by increasing the scale of violence.
"I wish I could tell you that the violence is waning and that the road ahead will be smooth," Bush said in a speech at George Washington University. "It will not. There will be more tough fighting and more days of struggle, and we will see more images of chaos and carnage in the days and months to come."
It is also worth noting that the third anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq starts on March 20. I suspect that the next 6-7 days will bring an even further increase in violence.