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46 killed in attacks across Iraq

March 21, 2012

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— Insurgents plotting to derail next week’s Arab League meeting in Baghdad unleashed bloody attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, killing 46 people. The government vowed not to be scared off from hosting the summit — the first in the country in a generation and a chance to prove it is moving toward normalcy after years of war.

Bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in the holy city of Karbala, set cars on fire in Kirkuk and targeted security forces and government officials in Baghdad and surrounding cities. Iraqis out shopping or eating at restaurants on the bright, spring day fell victim to the onslaught: More than 200 people were wounded in fewer than six hours.

“Dozens of cars were on fire,” said a panicked Saman Majid, who had just arrived at his job at a police station in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, when a car in the parking lot exploded.

Thirteen people, most of them police officers, were killed and 59 injured in that attack alone, said Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir.

The attacks were not entirely unexpected: Government and security officials have warned for weeks that al-Qaida and Sunni sympathizers would try to thwart the League summit by sowing fear about Baghdad’s stability. Plans for the capital to host the meeting last year were postponed, in part because of concerns about security.

Despite numerous roadblocks, checkpoints and other security measures ringing Baghdad, Tuesday’s violence showed how easily the militants penetrated the sensitive heart of the capital. A bomb exploded near the Foreign Ministry and offices for security directors overseeing the summit. Another blew up outside the Green Zone shortly after dawn, its blast shaking windows in buildings across the Tigris River.

The Iraqi wing of al-Qaida said it was behind the bombing outside the Foreign Ministry.

The Shiite-led government staunchly stood by its $400 million plans to host the summit, which leaders have called a crucial step for Iraq to showcase its improved stability following the sectarian fighting a few years ago that almost pulled the country into civil war.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 1 month ago

Happy 9-year anniversary, Iraq! March 20, 2003, began the Shock and Awe campaign based on Bush Co. lies implicating Iraq in 9/11, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. And the tax dollars flowed to the MICC. Profits, profits, profits!

Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war. http://articles.cnn.com/2008-01-23/politics/bush.iraq_1_intelligence-flaws-iraq-and-al-qaeda-study?_s=PM:POLITICS

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tbaker 2 years, 1 month ago

Iraq is 65%+ Shia and 15%-20% ethnic Kurdish, Turkoman, or Assyrian, yet a small minority of brutal Sunni Arabs have ran the country for generations backed up by all the other Sunni Arab dictatorships in the region. Whats going on in Iraq is a balancing between the various ethnic and political groups that has to happen. It was and is inevitable. Things have been out of balance a very long time. The fact the Iraqis choose violence to accomplish this is how it is done all over the 3rd world. Societies who lack established and respected judicial and legislative systems to resolve their differences have no other option. What we now argue about on the floor of congress and in the courts used to be resolved by clan feuds, duals to the death, and civil war. The Iraqis will eventually get there.

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its_just_math 2 years, 1 month ago

Would Obama give himself an "A" in world affairs, like Sec'y. of Energy Chu gave himself an "A" in controlling gas prices.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/20/chu-gives-himself-high-marks-on-gas-prices-drawing-criticism/

Oh, I forgot, all of a sudden (since Bush) there is zero/zip/nada/zilch the government can do about it.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Why is the "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate" allowing so many to die.

"Purple" fingers were the order of the day under "Bushwhacker". They are bloody "red" under the reign of The Obama.

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its_just_math 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, at least Obama kept his promise to his core base.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 1 month ago

Ron: I am more optimistic than you on this count, but clearly GW Bush was right when he ran in 2000 and warned us against "nation-building." I just wish he'd taken his own advice. The "surge" worked for awhile when we shipped pallets of money to Iraq and handed it out to the folks who were shooting at us. They quit as long as they were paid. It's time for this sad country to rule itself, no matter where it takes them. We are not going to turn them into a Jeffersonian model with money and blood.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

This really sickens me, and makes me wonder if there is any hope for the human race.

Long term, I guess there isn't.

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