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Wave of bombs in Baghdad

At least 85 people are killed in a series of bombings over two days in Baghdad starting on 23 April, over a two hour time span, a wave of coordinated bombings hit sand blacks leaving Friday prayers, Shiite neighborhoods, and a market.

The attacks were comprised of five car bombs, which accounted for 58 deaths, and approximately 13 bombs in total. A car bomb outside the Abdel Hadi al-Chalabi mosque in Al-Hurriya killed five and wounded 14.

Three bombs, including two car bombs, in the Sadr City district of Baghdad occurred near the headquarters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, where followers gather for morning prayers every Friday. The bombings killed at least 39 and wounded 56 others in Sadr City.

A car bomb and a suicide bomber in the Al-Ameen district in east Baghdad killed 11 worshipers leaving a Shiite mosque after prayers and wounded 23 additional people. Read More…

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…

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