Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombings

BAGHDAD Tue Jul 2, 2013 3:46pm EDT

1 of 2. Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, July 2, 2013.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, most of them in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said.

The deadliest assault took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Shaab neighborhood of northern Baghdad, where two car bombs killed eight people. There were also explosions in the mainly Shi'ite districts of Abu Dsheer, Kamaliya, Tobchi and Shula.

"A blast hit near a crowded market full of people shopping," said Ali Sadoun, a policeman whose patrol was stationed in Shula. "When police and people gathered to help the wounded, a second bomb went off, tearing through bodies."

Sunni Muslims were the apparent targets of blasts in Amriya and Abu Ghraib, on the city's western outskirts.

A sustained campaign of attacks since the start of the year has increased fears of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds, Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise.

Insurgents including al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate have been recruiting from the country's Sunni minority, which resents Shi'ite domination since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Intercommunal tensions have been inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria, which is increasingly been fought along sectarian lines, drawing in Shi'ite and Sunni fighters from Iraq and elsewhere to fight on opposite sides of the conflict.

Outside Baghdad, a bomb blast near a funeral tent in the city of Baquba killed six people.

Further south, a car bomb in Amara province killed four people and in the city of Basra, three blasts hit a hotel frequented by foreigners working in the oil industry, wounding three guards.

Violence is still well below its height in 2006-07, but Sunni insurgents are striking on a daily basis, seeking to destabilize the Shi'ite-led government and provoke further confrontation.

On Monday, attacks targeting Shi'ites left at least 27 people dead. The number of people killed in militant attacks across Iraq in June reached 761.

Iraqi military forces are now better equipped and trained, but lack the comprehensive intelligence resources and air cover to track insurgents that they enjoyed before U.S. troops withdrew in December 2011.

(Additional reporting by Aref Mohammed in Basra, a Reuters reporter in Baquba and Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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BurnerJack wrote:
The Religion of Peace in action. Again.

Jul 02, 2013 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:
This is more killing than what went on when Saddam Hussein was in charge. Iraq, the Middle East, and the US were much better off before we invaded and were enforcing the no-fly zone over Northern Iraq. Bush’s “leadership” on this foreign policy disaster cost hundreds of thousands of people their lives and cost the American tax payers trillions of dollars. I’m glad that I never allowed myself to be bamboozled by Bush and his administration’s lies. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough of us to prevent the disaster from occurring. Now hundreds of thousands are dead, including 4,500 service men and women. Neither the loss of life nor the cost to US taxpayers are a small thing. Yet no one was made to answer for them. The guilty parties should be made to pay.

And to add insult to injury, the Republicans keep pushing for investigations into these small relatively insignificant matters since Obama became President. It will always be like this for the Republicans. For every Democratic President they will spend all of their energy just trying to destroy their Presidency. The GOP have no sense of priority or genuine concern for our nation. All they care about is the politics of self-advancement. Unless we force change, this will destroy our Republic like a cancer.

Jul 02, 2013 2:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Life1 wrote:
Why do NONE of these articles point out the obvious, but ALL go on a diatribe about how ‘sectarian tensions’ are inflaming… There’s a systematic targeting of Shia’s, Christians, and other minorities by Salafist sponsored terrorist groups across the Middle East.

And here Reuters is calling these murderers ‘insurgents’… What a pathetic cop-out. These people aren’t ‘revolutionaries’ nor ‘rebels’, they are murderers on a payroll systematically murdering innocents, period.

Jul 02, 2013 2:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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