Wave of Attacks Hasten Fracture of Iraq

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A series of coordinated bomb attacks that hit more than a dozen Iraqi cities left more than 50 dead and 200 injured on Tuesday. The nature of the attacks pointed to al-Qaeda (AQ) as the perpetrator of the deadly bombings, but no one as yet has claimed responsibility.

The bombings occurred on the ninth anniversary of the American invasion — an anniversary also marked by the Shiite firebrand Moqtada al-Sadr and his followers as more than a million of them poured into the streets of Basra in a massive show of force.

The attacks also appeared to be linked to preparations for an Arab League summit to be held in Baghdad on March 29 and it is thought by some experts that al-Qaeda was trying to embarrass the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in advance of the meeting. Maliki’s government has invested a nearly $500 million in security and hospitality arrangements and sees the summit as crucial to the future of Iraq.

The chaos sown by the attacks appeared to be designed to further inflame sectarian tensions and hasten the fracture of the Iraqi government. That process seemed to be well underway as the leader of the Kurdish bloc, Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, accused Baghdad of “ideological terrorism” and stopped just short of declaring independence for the three northern provinces where Kurds have set up an autonomous, self-governing enclave.

The bombings targeted cities and provinces across the length and breadth of Iraq. Many of the bombings bore the unmistakable earmarks of al-Qaeda. In Karbala, where loss of life was the greatest, a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint for Shiite pilgrims entering the holy city. When police and emergency services showed up to treat the injured from the first blast, another car bomb exploded that caused even more casualties. All told, authorities say that 13 people were killed and another 48 were wounded.

There was also a twin bomb attack in the northern city of Kirkuk near police headquarters that killed 9 and injured more than 40. Another single car bomb targeted the provincial government building killing 4 more.

The roll call of cities and provinces that suffered the attacks would be familiar to many Americans who remember the sectarian strife during the civil war. In Fallujah, a pregnant woman was killed and her 6-year-old child wounded by bombs terrorists planted around a house belonging to a police officer. In Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit, a car bombing outside of a school wounded 4 teachers. In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded in front of the Foreign Ministry building, and in the Monsour district, three policemen were killed by gunmen as they stood guard outside of a Christian church. The governor of Anbar province narrowly escaped when a car bomb went off as his motorcade passed. A bodyguard was killed.

The Telegraph reports that diplomats have noticed a pattern of serious attacks every 5 or 6 weeks, indicating that AQ does not have sufficient manpower or resources to sustain daily attacks.

“We strongly condemn the attacks on innocent civilians in Iraq,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, adding that violence in the country was at historic lows and that the Iraqis were up to maintaining security.

That may be so. But the timing of the attacks have not been lost on the Iraqi government, nor the international community. Prime Minister Maliki is determined that the Arab League summit will go off as planned and without incident. To that end, Iraq will deploy a medium-sized army of police, army, and special forces in Bagdhad for the summit. More than 26,000 security personnel will man barricades and checkpoints, and patrol the streets. The airport will be closed beginning March 26 and remain shuttered until after the summit is over. A curfew is likely to be announced for the duration of the meeting.

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  • BS77

    Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya……..nightmarish hell holes. No democracy, no progress, no jobs, nothing but mob hysteria, violence, repression, misogyny and despair….t. It's a catastrophe for women, children and the elderly.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Obama still has the keys to Air Force 1, so things aren't all bad for him,

  • Amused

    Iraq will do what Iraq really wants to do , sunni killing shia and shia kolling sunni . Stand back and let the "Religion of Peace " display tself on the world stage . We shoulda known from the getgo it was gonna come to this . LOL…."Mission Accomplished " is it ?

  • BLJ

    When the cat is away the mice will blow each other up.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What is happening in Iraq today was always inevitable from the get go, as the fantasy based nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan were premised on false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam and were about as counterproductive as lifting up Hitler and the Nazis after WWII.

    We also need to get the hell out of Afghanistan ASAP. Indeed, every Islamic country in the world today, including Afghanistan as well, is a jihadists haven, especially since all Muslims in the world unless they are blasphemous apostates are jihadists, either violent jihadists (the tiny minority) or non-violent jihadists (the vast overwhelming majority).

    Let's face it, our elites including the medias, the politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, and our federal government and defense department have all been rendered blind via PC multiculturalism, and thus couldn't be more incompetent when it comes to protecting and defending America from the scourge of Islam.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Good thing we left all our old ammunition in Iraq. Now, the Muslims can play their favorite games for many years to come.

  • KKKL

    this looks like the work of jihad in Iraq. now that we're gone, it looks like there will be lovely violence for some time

  • Amused

    Yea just like there was before we got there . Just like they've been doing for almost two millenia , hell why don't we RE-INVADE …,maybe two's a charm eh ?

  • Saltire

    All the factions in Iraq were just biding their time until the U.S. troops left. The sectarian violence was unavoidable. The U.S. troops could not stay in Iraq forever.

    Don't get me wrong, I am glad we are out of there, but this is a preview of the future for Afghanistan. And, we need to depart Afghanistan as quickly as possible because once again the future violence is unavoidable. We accomplished our task in Afghanistan of "getting" bin Laden. Now, it is time to bring our troops home.

    Our efforts are not accomplishing anything since our style of democracy is not what they want. They are more inclined to a theocracy and tribal warlord style of government. So, let them have it.

  • Amused

    Give that man the gold ring !!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Tell that to the Byzantine Empire.

    Oh, one other thing…

  • Amused

    And what in the hell you got there John ? That you didn't have before ? All because of who ? The Left ?
    John , you're a reall FOOCKING IDIOT > . Why dont you go mix up a bucket of quick dry and stand in it with your boots on ….and wait till it drys . Wake up moron .