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Bombs Kill 86 in Baghdad as Sectarian Violence Spreads

  • People and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Sadr City, Baghdad, August 28, 2013.
  • People inspect damages of a car bomb attack in the Sha'ab neighborhood of Baghdad, August 28, 2013.
  • A man walks near the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Hurriya District, August 28, 2013.
  • Youths look at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's al-Shaab district, August 28, 2013.

Wave of Bombings in Baghdad

Reuters
A series of car bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday killed 86 people and wounded 263, police and medical sources said. This is the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed to hit Iraq in at least five years.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Muslim insurgents including the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq have significantly stepped up bombings this year.

More than two years of civil war in neighboring Syria have aggravated deep-rooted sectarian divisions in Iraq, fraying the country's uneasy coalition of Shi'ite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Kurdish factions.

In Sadr City, an impoverished Shi'ite district in Baghdad's northeast, two car bombs killed seven people. A restaurant owner said he saw an attacker just before one of the explosions.

“A man parked his car in front of the restaurant. He got breakfast and drank his tea. [Then] I heard a huge explosion when I was inside the kitchen,” the owner, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

“When I went outside, I saw his car completely destroyed and he had disappeared. Many people were hurt.”

Car bombs hit south, north and western Baghdad in a cluster of attacks early in the day and late in the evening which targeted both Shi'ite and Sunni areas of the capital.

The Interior Ministry described the attacks as “terrorist explosions” but said the number of people killed was only 20, with 213 wounded. The Shi'ite-led Baghdad government has said that media reports exaggerate attacks in Iraq and that security forces have stopped many attempted bombings.

However, Wednesday's violence was the worst since Aug. 10, when nearly 80 people were killed during a religious holiday.

One thousand deaths in July

More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations.

The renewed violence, 18 months after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, has stirred anxiety about a relapse towards the widespread sectarian slaughter of 2006-07.

In other attacks on Wednesday, gunmen killed six members of al-Sahwa - former Sunni insurgents who rebelled against al-Qaida - in an ambush on a checkpoint in Latifiya, a suburb 40 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Gunmen also stormed a Shi'ite home in the same area, killing six family members, police and medical sources said.

In Kadhimiya, a neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad, two roadside bombs and one car bomb killed five people and wounded nearly 30, the sources said.

Four soldiers were killed and five were wounded in Madaen, southeast of Baghdad, by a roadside bomb which targeted an Iraqi army patrol, police and medics said.

After years of reduced violence, the intensity of attacks has dramatically risen since the start of 2013. Bombings often have targeted cafes and other places where families gather, as well as the usual military facilities and checkpoints.

Map of previous Iraq Bombings

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by: naksuthin
August 28, 2013 7:48 AM
So can we all agree that the invasion of Iraq was one BIG TERRIBLE WASTE OF TIME MONEY AND LIVES?
We spent 1 trillion dollars , 8 years and 4500 US lives to reignit a sectarian conflict that has been going on for a thousand years
Now instead of Sadaam killing his own people...Iraqis are killing each other.


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