12 Explosions in Iraq Kill at Least 152
A dozen explosions have hit Iraq this morning, killing at least 152 people and wounding 542.
A dozen explosions ripped through the Iraqi capital in rapid succession Wednesday, killing at least 152 people and wounding 542 in a series of attacks that began with a suicide car bombing that targeted laborers assembled to find work for the day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
The one-day death toll was believed to be the worst in the capital since major combat ended in May 2003, and Al-Jazeera said Al-Qaida in Iraq linked the attacks to the recent rout of militants from the city of Tal Afar by U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Before dawn Wednesday, 17 men were executed in a village north of Baghdad, which pushed the death toll in all violence in and around the capital to 169.
Not good, obviously. Stopping terrorist attacks in a large country is virtually impossible; the Israelis haven’t been able to do it even in a tiny area.
Still, this has to be quite demoralizing to the Iraqi population and sapping whatever confidence they might have that the Americans and/or their own government will protect them.