Bombings and shootings kill 28 across Iraq

BAQUBA, Iraq Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:07pm EDT

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BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 28 people were killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq on Thursday, police said.

In the deadliest attack, a bomb in a parked car exploded in a busy market killing 14 people in central Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the capital Baghdad, police said.

"I was sitting in my neighbor's shop when suddenly we heard a big explosion," said eyewitness Salim Aziz.

"I had no time to see anything, and when I opened my eyes, I found myself at the hospital and I was injured in my right hand and left leg, surrounded by dozens of wounded people," he added.

Iraq has been rocked by daily attacks that have raised fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict in a country where Kurds, Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power.

Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shi'ite-led government in recent months, invigorated by the civil war in neighboring Syria, which has inflamed sectarian tensions in Iraq and the wider region.

A bomb placed in a garden where people were celebrating a wedding exploded killing four people the Amiriya District of Baghdad on Thursday.

Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead four young men in four separate incidents in Baghdad.

In Madaen, about 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a roadside bomb planted near a cafe went off, killing three people.

Militants killed a police officer in the northern city of Mosul, while a child died in a roadside bombing, and a civil servant was also shot dead.

More than 750 people have been killed in militant attacks in Iraq so far in July, according to violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

The steady deterioration of security in Iraq was highlighted by a mass jailbreak near the capital on Sunday when around 500 convicts, including senior al Qaeda operatives, escaped after militants attacked two prisons.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was formed through a merger between al Qaeda's Syrian and Iraqi branches, claimed responsibility for the raids and said it had freed its jailed comrades after months of preparation.

One security official told Reuters on Tuesday that some of the escaped inmates were heading to Syria to join the ranks of the mainly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi'ite Islam.

Shi'ite fighters from Iraq have also joined the conflict on Assad's side, along with Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

Insurgents in Iraq have been recruiting from the country's Sunni minority, which increasingly resents Shi'ite domination since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

(Reporting by a Reuters reporter in Baquba, Ziad al-Sinjary in Mosul and Kareem Raheem in Baghdad; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (5)
MikeBarnett wrote:
The US missed the opportunity to have US troops blown up and shot in all of the violence in Iraq since December of 2011. Consider that to be the military version of population control using post-natal abortions. Fortunately, many members of the current US regime want to assist al Qaeda in the conquest of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. That will present many opportunities to use the US military in wars over reasons that don’t exist except in the delusional fantasies of those who support endless wars and interventions. One good outcome in Iraq and Yemen has been that islamic insurgents have begun blowing up oil pipelines instead of destroying shoes and underwear on airliners. Reuters has two stories today about the new target list of al Qaeda.

Jul 25, 2013 6:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:
Mike,
I’m trying to find some kind of point in that diatribe.

Jul 25, 2013 7:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
@Lowell

If you want to go and blow off your arms and legs (welcome to wars with explosives) in Iraq or Syria, I can’t stop you. As a former Special Forces combat soldier, I can tell you that going there would be unwise. Iraq is next to Syria, and many glory hungry fools who are too cowardly to risk their lives in Syria want the US to enter another Middle Eastern debacle. I don’t think that the US should destroy itself in another conflict where the US does not know the players and will probably end up supporting al Qaeda like it has done in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US has been its worst enemy, and some worthless American idiots (or traitors) want the US to continue its suicide in the Middle East.

Jul 25, 2013 8:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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