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    Bombings Kill Over Two Dozen in Baghdad

    Residents stand among debris at one of the scenes of car bomb attacks that struck three mainly Shi'ite districts in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, July 19, 2014. A suicide bomber struck earlier in the day.
    Residents stand among debris at one of the scenes of car bomb attacks that struck three mainly Shi'ite districts in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, July 19, 2014. A suicide bomber struck earlier in the day.
    VOA News

    A series of bombings have rocked Baghdad, killing at least 26 people in one of the worst spates of violence in the capital since Islamist insurgents captured the city of Mosul, last month.

    The single deadliest incident on Saturday took place near a police checkpoint in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim Abu Dsheer district in southern Baghdad.

    Investigators say a suicide car bombing at the checkpoint killed at least seven people.

    Later, at least three bombings occurred within an hour across the city, killing at least 15 people.  A fourth bombing took place later in the day.

    There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

    The Iraqi government had stepped up its efforts to protect Baghdad after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group captured Mosul, as part of its efforts try to push across the country.

    Insurgents linked to the ISIL have taken over much of northern and western Iraq. Analysts have said Baghdad, which is in central Iraq, is in no immediate danger of falling to the rebels.  

     

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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 22, 2014 4:31 AM
    We should be critical of our leaders decisions and mistakes. That is what is required of us all. 99.9999999999% of the world is made of common people, with differing beliefs, but with the same goals: have work, care for our families, and have a little time to enjoy life. It is tragic that such a tiny little fraction of the world's population can manipulate the rest of the world like this! Why we haven't evolved past the point of religious/political extremism is such a mystery. We feel empowered to express our concerns, hoping that some form of leadership will listen to us. For now, the leaders like Obama, Maliki, Putin, Netanyahu, etc, there are no ears for our concerns to fall upon!

    by: Dave Rabinski
    July 19, 2014 10:37 AM
    I'll never forget that wonderful day in 2007 when George Bush stood on the podium in Baghdad's Liberty Square, with PM al-Maliki on his left and Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearle, Doug Feith and Scooter Libby on his right. 100,000 grateful Iraqi's -- Sunnis, Shites and Kurds -- cheered and clapped and waved American flags. "Thank you Mr. President," al-Maliki shouted. "You have brought freedom to Iraq! And thank you Mr. Wolfowitz, and Pearle and Mr. Feith and Mr. Scooter! Especially Mr. Scooter -- he was accepting an award from the American Zionist Society, and was only able to be here at the last minute! Every generation must thank its Jews, and we, the people of Iraq, thank all of you, for you were the "brains" behind Mr. Bush! You said there would peace and unity in Iraq and that gasoline will be only $1.00 a gallon! And you were right!! Thank you, great wise men!" The crowed cheered..... Oh wait. That never happened, did it? Must have been a dream.....

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