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Wave of bombs in Baghdad kills dozens

Multiple car bombs in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad have killed at least 58 and wounded a further hundred. Some media reports put the death toll as high as 69.

Most of the explosions took place near Shia mosques during prayers; the deadliest attacks, meanwhile, were in Sadr City. There were at least six total bombings, although some reports put the figure as high as thirteen.

Baghdad security spokesman Qassim Moussawi told Reuters news agency the bombings targeted “prayers in areas with a certain majority”, referring to Iraq’s Shia population.

A top official accused al-Qaeda as being responsible for the attacks. Meanwhile, Qassim Moussawi, a security spokesman in the capital, said to Reuters that the blasts were “revenge for the losses suffered by al-Qaeda”, adding that he believed “such terrorist acts” will continue.

US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

Following the release of classified video earlier this week, the US military is to carry out a review of a 2007 airstrike which occured in Baghdad.

Onboard from AH-64 Apache

At a press conference on April 5, 2010, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., the whistleblowing wiki Wikileaks released a video which appears to contradict the official US account of the attack.

The review follows the release of footage from the targeting system of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, one of two United States Army helicopters engaging what they believed to be Iraqi insurgents. Read More…

On this day April 9, 2003

Baghdad falls to American forces alongside the United Kingdom and smaller contingents from Australia and Poland.

According to then President of the United States, George W. Bush and then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, the reasons for the invasion were “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.”

According to Blair, the trigger was Iraq’s failure to take a “final opportunity” to disarm itself of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that US and British officials called an immediate and intolerable threat to world peace. There also have been claims that the war was waged in order to take oil from Iraq. In 2005, the Central Intelligence Agency released a report saying that no weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. Read More…

Iraqi capital rocked by blasts

Three car bombs were detonated in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq on Sunday morning, killing 30 people.

The attacks were aimed at foreign embassies, according to sources. 224 people were wounded in the bombings which occurred in quick succession according to officials.

“They were suicide attacks against the Egyptian and Iranian embassies,” commented Major General Qassim Atta, who is the spokesperson for the Baghdad operations of the Iraqi security agencies. According to him, one of the attacks were at a junction close to the German and Syrian embassies.

The German foreign ministry officials claimed that an security guard of Iraq was killed while three others were injured. The head of the Egyptian embassy’s security was killed and several guards were wounded in the blast. Read More…

Gunmen kill Sunni militias that helped U.S. forces

Iraqi officials say gunmen wearing military uniforms have stormed three houses in a Sunni village near Baghdad, killing at least 24 people.

Police say the victims, including five women, were handcuffed before being shot in the head late Friday in the Arab Jabour area, south of the capital.  At least seven others with their hands bound were found alive after the killings.

Interior Ministry officials put the death toll at 25, while Baghdad’s security spokesman, Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi, said two dozen people were killed. Read More…

On this day March 22, 1945

Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Transjordan, and Yemen founded the Arab League, a regional organization that facilitates political, economic, cultural, scientific and social programs designed to promote the interests of the Arab world.

League of Arab States

League of Arab States

The Arab League currently has 22 members, Egypt’s membership was suspended in 1979 after it signed the Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty, and the League’s headquarters were moved from Cairo to Tunis.

In 1987, Arab countries restored diplomatic relations with Egypt and the country was readmitted to the league in 1989 while the league’s headquarters moved back to Cairo. In September 2006, Venezuela was accepted as an observer, and India in 2007. Read More…

On this day March 16, 1988

The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents, killing 5000 people and injured about 10000 people. Thousands more died of horrific complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years after the attack.

The incident, which Human Rights Watch (HRW) defined as an act of genocide, was as of 2008 the largest-scale chemical weapons attack directed against a civilian-populated area in history. Read More…

Iraq elections hit by insurgent attacks

At least 24 people died today in Baghdad as dozens of mortars were fired throughout the city, destroying at least two buildings. The incidents occurred just as Iraq’s parliamentary election commenced. The election is the second since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003. 6,200 candidates are competing for 325 parliament seats in the election.

Insurgents have promised to disrupt the elections by means of violence to show their opposition to America and the Shiite-led Iraqi government. A group linked to al-Qaeda distributed leaflets in the capital advising people against going to vote. Polling opened at 7 AM (local time) and immediately bombs were detonated and mortar rounds landed throughout the city. Read More…

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