Thursday, December 22, 2011

Baghdad blasts kill 63

[ via Reuters ] 22 Dec

As expected just days after the U.S. troop withdrawal a series of bombings hit Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 63 people in the first big assault attack on Iraq's capital since a sectarian crisis erupted within its government.

At least 18 people were killed when a suicide bomber driving an ambulance detonated the vehicle near a government office in Baghdad's Karrada district, sending up a dust cloud and scattering car parts into a kindergarten, according to police and health officials.

The tensins are increasing as the Iraq's Sunni minority is feeling being marginalized since the rise of the Shi'ite majority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Many Sunnis feel they have been shunted aside in the power-sharing agreement that Washington touts as a young democracy.

Read more: Reuters


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