At least 34 killed in spate of blasts in Iraq

At least 34 killed in spate of blasts in Iraq

Baghdad : Iraq | Nov 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM PST
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Iraqi security gather in Kirkuk in 2009

Unfortunately, although the Iraqi government is very sure that every year at this time bombings occur targeting Shiites, it has not controlled security. Therefore, violence is still in control of Iraq. This is for many reasons, most related to political issues resulting from sectarian differences.

According to the latest reports, 34 people died, while more than 126 were wounded in eight separate car bombings across the country. Nearby buildings were badly damaged.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, three bombs exploded in the morning, killing seven, who were targeted alongside a security convoy further east in Fallujah, killing nine more.

Later the same day, Shiites areas were attacked, leaving 19 dead, in a series of apparently sectarian-motivated incidents. All three evening bombs exploded close to the Shiite places of worship, known as husseiniyahs, in Shuala, Graiat and Hurriyah areas in the north of the capital.

Reuters news reported that, the attacks came as Shiites all over the world celebrated the Ashura ceremony, the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of Muharram.

"I saw lots of blood on the ground," said policeman Hashem Abbas, who witnessed the blast. He also said shoes and torn clothing were scattered around the area.

Police source said the explosions bear similarities with those of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Separately in another bloody incident, an armed group killed seven members of the same family, including three children, in an attack in the town of Tarmiyah, just north of Baghdad. The three children were 2, 3 and 7. Two members of the family, including one of the murdered, were rumored to belong to the anti-al Qaida group "Sahwa," a Sunni armed faction that resisted the terrorist network.

According to security sources, the shooting took place at 4 a.m. and sources believe that the perpetrators used weapons with silencers.

However, violence in Iraq has decreased from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common. According to the Iraqi Interior Ministry figures, 144 people were killed and 264 wounded in attacks last month.

It is worth mentioning that, based on Islamic council information center, Shiites make up around 15 percent of Muslims worldwide. They represent the majority populations in Iraq, Iran and Bahrain and form significant communities in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.


To this day, it seems that stability in Iraq in terms of security is difficult. Political differences between Iraqis are deep and large. We could call it a civil war of another kind. The question is why don't the Iraqi factions meet under international sponsorship, to resolve their internal political problems.

For a long time, there have been signs of tension between Baghdad and semi-autonomous Kurdistan regions. The tension is due to problems related to the desire of the government in Baghdad to control the oil fields in Kurdistan, which forced Kurdish soldiers to move to the disputed area, 170 km north of Baghdad. This gives us the impression that there is tension at the horizon and perhaps it will develop into heavy fighting.

The differences between Sunnis and Shiites are still ongoing, simply because the Maliki government is still determined to its position in accusing Tariq al-Hashemi about his role in the killing of Shiites. Unfortunately, the Maliki government sentenced him in absentia to four executions, and this is still a source of tension in Iraq.

Many things relate to corruption and thefts, most recently the failure of a Russian-Iraqi arms deal, because Iraq discovered the existence of commissions involving Iraq leaders in this deal. From here, I do not know how to explain the case of Iraq today, which apparently seems to be lost after being occupied by America. Its loss grew after the elimination of President Saddam Hussein's regime. The world discovered after his execution, that despite his mistakes, he was ruling Iraq in a way that nobody else could from those who took over the leadership of Iraq. It is enough for the Iraqis to remember that the Iraqi dinar was equal to 3.5 dollars and today the toilet paper is worth more than the Iraqi dinar.

After all, we would like to remind the former U.S. President George W. Bush that the situation in Iraq today is not the democracy you promised. I pray that Iraqis unite to return Iraq as it was before. It was a source of pride to the Arab nation and an important center of science and economy.


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Three car bombs exploded simultaneously in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Reuters news
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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