Multiple bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 100 people Thursday and may cast doubt upon the efficacy of the U.S.‘s “surge” strategy to crack down on violence. A double suicide attack happened at a Baghdad market, while three explosions claimed at least 40 lives earlier today in Khalis, north of the capital.
The attacks came despite a major security operation in Baghdad aimed at reducing the level of violence.
The Baghdad attack, at a market in the north-eastern al-Shaab district, occurred at about 1830 (1530GMT).
The Associated Press says that the al-Shaab area was one of the first places US and Iraqi forces concentrated their efforts to root out Shia militias under the current security plan.