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Bombs Kill Worshippers: Another Deadly Day In Iraq
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Saturday is being called one of the deadliest for Iraq, with thirty three people dead and many others injured. A bomb exploded just outside of a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing three of the worshippers and wounding several others as they were leaving for the night. Thirty minutes later, policemen were responding to an explosion near a bridge when a second explosion ripped through the area, killing all three. That bridge was located near the predominately Christian al Ghadeer area of eastern Baghdad.

In the city of Mosul, located in Iraq’s north, fifteen people were wounded by two separate explosions in that area. Nine soldiers and policemen were included in those that were killed. By official standards, the violence has decreased in the country, especially when compared with just a few years ago when Iraq was on the brink of a catastrophic, civil war. But, even with the number of incidents dropping, there have still been bombings and/or shootings that occur in some part of the country every single day. That violence seems to be intensifying in the months leading up to the mass pullout of the US forces that is scheduled for the end of this year.

No one has claimed responsibility for any of the explosions that occurred in Iraq as of yet, but al Qaeda is strongly suspected. Despite all of the explosions in the country, terrorism is not suspected in the deadliest incident of the day. That incident was a fatal crash that happened when a bus crashed head on with a car. The bus, filled with vacationing families traveling through parts of Northern Iraq, had twenty three passengers aboard, the car had six passengers. All of the passengers as well as the driver of the bus perished after becoming trapped aboard. Three of the six passengers in the car were killed, the other three escaped with injuries. There were no further details released about their conditions. The bus had passed through a security checkpoint not long before the accident and terrorism is not suspected at all.

Earlier in the month, deadly attacks including several suicide bombings killed at least 75 people across Iraq, with more than 250 wounded in those attacks. Some twenty separate bombs exploded in various locations in the country, some obviously meant to target Iraqi security and policemen. Most but not all of those attacks were claimed by the al Qaeda network in continued efforts to destroy the faith of the people. Iraqi leaders had requested a portion of the US troops to remain for longer than the January 1, 2012 deadline which angered some of the critics of US involvement. Some of the most vocal of those critics, including Shiite cleric, Muqtada al Sadr, have warned about the supreme challenges that face the Iraqi people if the US remains in the country. Continued attacks remain a threat and may increase when the US does pull out a portion of troops.h


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