Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Al Qaeda Strikes Again In Iraq, Bomb Blasts Kill 15

It's becoming a weekly occurrence now for al Qaeda in Iraq to attack the Iraqi population with bomb attacks and today was no exception as several attacks yielded at least 15 Iraqis dead.

The really disturbing thing about these attacks today is the fact that they took place ALL OVER IRAQ!  There was one in Fallujah, one in Baghdad, one north of Baghdad and one in Ramadi.  It tells me that al Qaeda in Iraq is entrenched once again and that they indeed are able to communicate and coordinate across the breadth of the country.

The story comes from Times of India.

At least 15 killed in Iraq bomb blasts

BAGHDAD: At least 15 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq on Wednesday, police and medics said, following a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict.

Violence in Iraq has increased as the civil war in neighbouring Syria puts a strain on fragile relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Tensions are at their highest in Iraq since US troops pulled out more than a year ago.

A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated himself in the midst of a group of government-backed Sunni fighters who were collecting their salaries east of the city of Falluja, killing six, police sources said.

In Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, police said a roadside bomb killed four policemen. A car bomb in a Shia district in northeastern Baghdad killed at least three people and wounded 14, police and hospital sources said. Another car bomb north of the city of Ramadi killed two policemen and wounded another 10.

Iraq is home to a umber of Sunni Islamist insurgent groups including a local al Qaeda affiliate that has launched frequent attacks to undermine the Shia-led governments and provoke wider confrontation.

Violence is still well below its height in 2006-07, but provisional figures from rights group Iraq Body Count indicate the number of violent deaths in April was the highest monthly toll since 2009.

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