News / Middle East

Car Bomb Kills 10 in Iraqi Capital

  • Security forces and civilians inspect a crater caused by a car bomb explosion in the commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • Security forces and civilians inspect the damage outside the Imam Ali mosque in New Baghdad, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Worshipers view the damage to the inside of the Imam Ali mosque after a suicide bomb attack in New Baghdad, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Iraqis assess the damage from a bomb attack at a mosque in Hilla, about 95 kilometers south of Baghdad, Aug. 25, 2014.
  • Civilians observe the damage caused by a car bomb in the commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 26, 2014.
  • Iraqi security forces stand guard at the site of a car bomb attack in the New Baghdad neighborhood, Aug. 26, 2014.
VOA News

A car bomb has exploded in a mainly Shi'ite neighborhood in Iraq's capital, killing at least 10 people and wounding 31 others.

The blast Tuesday hit the New Baghdad area during the morning rush hour.

The attack comes a day after a series of blasts in Iraq killed at least 20 people, including 11 at a Shi'ite mosque in the same neighborhood as Tuesday's bombing.

Iraq has been struggling to cope with a surge in violence this year that has left more than 10,000 people dead, while militants from the Islamic State group have taken control of wide areas in the northern and western part of the country.

The United States and other nations have stressed the importance of Iraq installing a new government that represents Iraq's minorities as a key part in restoring stability.

On Monday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq has made political progress that has generated greater support from the region and the world.

Biden also reiterated in a phone call Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi that forming a new government is an "integral component" of Iraq's battle against militants from the Islamic State group.

The White House said Abadi told Biden that he intends to quickly form an inclusive, power-sharing government to replace that of Nouri al-Maliki.

Earlier Monday, Abadi called for all militias and tribes in Iraq to come under state control and stop operating independently.

Iraq has been struggling to cope with surge by Sunni militants who have taken control of large areas in the northern and western parts of the country.

U.N. Human rights chief Navi Pillay has condemned what she called "appalling, widespread and systematic" abuses by the militants from the Islamic State group.

In a statement Monday, Pillay said the group is committing "grave, horrific human rights violations" every day that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The militants have killed hundreds of minority Yazidi and captured thousands of others as slaves.

The jihadist group last week released a videotaped showing the brutal beheading of James Foley, an American journalist taken captive in Syria in 2012.

Pillay said the U.N. also has verified reports that the Islamic Group killed 670 detainees from a prison it took control of in June.  

You May Like

Syrian Rebels Poised for Anti-Russia Collaboration

Forty-one insurgent groups issue joint statement vowing retaliation for Russian air offensives More

Political Maneuver Revives Export-Import Bank's Chances

Parliamentary tactic gets bill out of committee, but it faces opposition in the Senate More

Beijing Warns US on S. China Sea Patrols

Warning follows news reports Thursday that US military is planning to sail warships close to artificial islands Beijing has been aggressively building More

This forum has been closed.
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdrawsi
Jim Malone
October 09, 2015 12:32 AM
The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Hungary Criticized for Handling of Refugees

Amnesty International has accused Hungary of breaking multiple international and European human rights laws in its handling of the refugee crisis. As Henry Ridgwell reports, thousands of migrants and refugees continue to travel through the Balkans to Hungary every day.

Video Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest

Sixteen people were injured when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse teachers and other public employees who took to the streets in Iraq’s Kurdish north, demanding their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). VOA’s Dilshad Anwar, in Sulaimaniya, caught up with protesting teachers who say they have not been paid for three months. Parke Brewer narrates his report.

Video Syrian Village Community Faces Double Displacement in Lebanon

Driven by war from their village in southwestern Syria, a group of families found shelter in Lebanon, resettling en masse in a half-built university to form one of the biggest settlements of its kind in Lebanon. Three years later, however, they now face being kicked out and dispersed in a country where finding shelter as a refugee can be especially tough. John Owens has more for VOA from the city of Saida, also known as Sidon.

Video Bat Colony: Unusual Tourist Attraction in Texas

The action hero Batman might be everyone’s favorite but real bats hardly get that kind of adoration. Put more than a million of these creatures of the night together and it only evokes images of horror. Sarah Zaman visited the largest urban bat colony in North America to see just how well bat and human get along with each other.

Video Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

It’s a sickening feeling — the dizziness, nausea and vomiting that comes with motion sickness. But a device now being developed could stop motion sickness by suppressing certain signals in the brain. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video Making a Mint

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, it’s also the time to harvest gum, candy, and toothpaste—or at least the oil that makes them minty fresh. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana on the mint harvest.

Video Activists Decry Lagos Slum Demolition

Acting on a court order, authorities in Nigeria demolished a slum last month in the commercial capital, Lagos. But human rights activists say the order was illegal, and the community was razed to make way for a government housing project. Chris Stein has more from Lagos.

Video TPP Agreed, But Faces Stiff Opposition

President Barack Obama promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Tuesday, one day after 12 Pacific Rim nations reached the free trade deal in Atlanta. The controversial pact that would involve about 40 percent of global trade still needs approval by lawmakers in respective countries. Zlatica Hoke reports Obama is facing strong opposition to the deal, including from members of his own party.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

VOA Blogs