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Dual Bombings in Baghdad Kill 64

Posted on Feb 1, 2008
Baghdad mourners
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Two Iraqi men weep for lost loved ones following one of Friday’s suicide bombings in Baghdad.

Two separate bomb blasts claimed 64 lives in Baghdad on Friday and injured more than 100 others—a tragic reminder of the serious and ongoing challenge of containing large-scale violence in Iraq’s volatile capital city.


A ceasefire announced in August by the Mehdi Army militia of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, as well as the emergence of local Sunni militia armed by the US military that took on al-Qaeda in Iraq, have also contributed to the sense of security.

But that renewed confidence could be shattered by Friday’s deadly bombings, the worst to hit the Iraqi capital since three car bombs killed 80 people last 1 August.

The first device was detonated by a female suicide bomber at around 1020 local time (0720GMT) in the popular Ghazil animal market, killing at least 46 people and injuring a further 80.

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By Blackspeare, February 1, 2008 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

The media is reporting that the two women were mentally challenged and goaded into wearing the explosive vest which were then detonated remotely.  If this is true—-how depraved can someone be???

But on the other hand if the two women were blown to bits how do they know who they were so quickly and their medical history.  Could this news item be a bit of counter-intelligence??!!

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By PatrickHenry, February 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment

Just another day in Baghdad and one more reason for the U.S. to leave and let those people sort it out.

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By A Khokar, February 1, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment


The previous comments under the caption “Taking it Granted” were submitted here wrongly.

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By A Khokar, February 1, 2008 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

Although patriotism is a granted phenomenon expected of all the soldiers of the world; volunteering themselves to die for the honour of their countries; but this phenomenon requires a just cause to support and keep them inspired. They only want to know and be convinced that their sacrifice will bring a real change in the lives of their country fellows.

Since the lives of the soldiers remain always laid on the line; but it has never been difficult for them to judge or differentiate between a just and a wrong cause.

Only the just mission motivates them to die for it; where as when it is found; that the fallacy, deception or greed of some, at the top is tending them to sacrifice for their personal reasons; it results adversely and sadly; they are demoralized beyond recovery.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, February 1, 2008 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

You know, Lefty, that’s a very good point and strikes at the heart of the hypocrisy of all this shit. 

I know that all my friends of all religions value their lives and try to make the most of them, especially if it means they can be of help to those less fortunate.  That’s kind of universal. 

The myth that any REASONABLE person lives to die for a reward is just that, and contrary to human nature.

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