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Wave of Bombings, Shootings Hit Iraq

A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, July 23, 2012.
A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, July 23, 2012.
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Several violent attacks ripped through Iraq, killing at least 110 people and wounding more than 200 in the deadliest day of attacks this year.

Insurgents carried out the coordinated attack in at least 15 cities Monday. It was Iraq's bloodiest day since May 10, 2010 when more than 100 people were killed.

The shootings and bombings follow a warning last week by the head of the al-Qaida group in Iraq that he was stepping up operations in areas vacated by U.S. troops last year.

Jihadist websites posted a message Saturday, reportedly from the leader of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq, saying the group is starting a "new phase." The audio message from a speaker identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says his group is planning to attack court officials, and to free prisoners.

In June, the group claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombings that killed 72 people and wounded nearly 260 others.

Military targeted

Authorities said the attacks in 12 Iraqi locales targeted government and military installations. They included gunmen killing at least 15 Iraqi soldiers at a military base in the northeastern town of Udaim, as well as a series of explosions in the northern city of Kirkuk.

A car bomb also exploded in Baghdad. The deadliest attacks targeted Taji, just north of the capital, where bombs planted in five houses killed at least 40 people and wounded scores more.

Iraq bombings this year:

  • July 23: Bombing and shootings in Baghdad and around the city kill at least 103 people.
  • July 3:  Bombing across Iraq kill 40 people.
  • June 13: Bombings across Iraq targeting Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims kill at least 72 people.
  • June 4: Car bomb in Baghdad kills 23
  • April 19: A mix of car and roadside bombs kill 35 across Iraq.
  • March 20: At least 12 near-simultaneous explosions erupt across Iraq, killing 46, wounding more than 200.
  • February 23: Attacks in Baghdad and 11 other cities kill 55 people.
  • January 27: Car bomb near a funeral procession in Baghdad kills 31 people.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attacks appear well-coordinated. Coming during the holy time of Ramadan, they again call into question the ability of the fractured Iraqi government to halt terror.

"It was a thunderous explosion," said Mohammed Munim, 35, who was working at an interior ministry office that issues government ID cards. That attack killed 16.

"The only thing I remember was the smoke and fire, which was everywhere," Munim said from from a Sadr City hospital where he was recovering from shrapnel wounds.

Violence increasing

Violence in Iraq has increased in recent weeks, with attacks in June killing at least 237 people and leaving many Iraqis wondering if their government is able to guarantee security since the departure of U.S. troops.

In early July, bombings across Iraq killed at least 40 people and wounded nearly 100 others. In January, several bombings targeting Shi'ites killed 78 people.

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by: Chandra from: India
July 24, 2012 1:19 PM
How convenient... really, it isn't worth reading - who the hell really cares about these atrocities... unless, of course, you can implicate the US or Israel in it...


by: CR from: china
July 23, 2012 10:26 PM
A few years ago, US was engaged in overthrowing Saddam's regiem on the excuse of using WMD.Now, people have own bombing human rights in Iraq.These are American's spirits and Iraqi's happiness.


by: Romildo Caldas from: Brazil
July 23, 2012 4:00 PM
These Tragic Events stems from a wrong war against Iraq. Surely, Sadan Hussain was a Dictator. There is no good Dictator.. Democracy is the correct way to Freedom and Peace, but, I think that Iraq was a far better way to live, than under this Unfinished Democracy.


by: J from: MS
July 23, 2012 1:17 PM
Just look at a world map; every country where the religion is Islam; their people had been under constant extreme misery and violence ever since Mohammed came up with his holy book and its destructive teaching; what a disease.


by: Clariss from: UK
July 23, 2012 11:27 AM
Really...? are you surprised...??? Another Arab "MASSACRE"!!! hey, this is Islam.

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by: REP from: US
July 23, 2012 2:13 PM
Clariss is correct!

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by: John from: US
July 23, 2012 1:57 PM
Clariss, your ignorance is bliss; it does not surprise me hearing it from a fool in the UK for islamophobia is rampant. Did you read in the article that the insurgents claimed this attack for Islam? No. Truth is, if anyone kills out of Islam, then it is not really Islam because in the Koran it literally does not advocate violence in the pages other than for self defense. Bigots like you only say things like this because you are trying to slander fear in one of the fastest growing religions that already has a black eye. People will continue carrying out violence in the name of the religion; and people like you will continue to call it out as if your feeble mind could understand the true meaning. Its like someone saying they kill for jesus, you f@!#ing fool

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by: Jim Mooney from: Apache Junction, AZ
July 23, 2012 1:33 PM
Mission Accomplished! So why did we spend thousands of lives and billions of dollars (that helped wreck our economy) on a war based totally on lies - such as WMDs and an Al Quada connection?

Right now Iraq is buddying with Iran, selling its oil to China, and descending into civil war. Cripes, some nuts go on about Manning doing some sort of harm by outing the truth of our lies, but Bush did a trillion times more. He should be the one in jail.

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by: MOT WASHGAB from: DISNEYLAND
July 23, 2012 12:58 PM
THANK GEO W. BUSH HE IS THE ONE WHO INCITED THIS RIOT.

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