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At Least 127 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

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Posted on Dec 8, 2009
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Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a bomb attack near the new Finance Ministry in Baghdad on Tuesday.

A spate of car bombings attributed to al-Qaida killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in Baghdad on Tuesday. The bombs targeted a police patrol and official buildings, according to the BBC.  —KA

BBC:

Veteran politician Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, an ex-national security adviser, blamed al-Qaeda militants for the attacks.

He told the BBC their aim was to destabilise the country ahead of general elections due in March.

All five explosions targeted symbols of this state. Not only ministries but also a university and Baghdad’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Officials say that attacks on state-run institutions are designed to undermine the Iraqi government, especially ahead of the parliamentary election, now scheduled for early March. But people here have questions for the authorities too.

Baghdad is lined with blast walls and checkpoints. Officials had said that they had stepped up security. Many here are asking how cars full of explosives continue to get through checkpoints.

“Al-Qaeda has been active in Baghdad recently,” Mr Rubaie said.

“The aim is to show the government is unable to protect civilians and its own people and also to deter people from going to ballot boxes.”

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By Sepharad, December 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

DieDaily, “we” aren’t the center of Allah Universe. These guys have been killing as many of each other as often as possible on the flimsiest of pretexts since Mohammed sprang into history. Pagans also indulged in warfare but the sectarianism that blossomed with the Ali or Fatima arguments never wanes.

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By Howard, December 9, 2009 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

Baghdad car bombs blamed on Syria and Islamists by Iragi government !

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/08/bagdad-car-bombs-iraq

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By DieDaily, December 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

Phew, we were able to stage some more attacks inside our own zones of control with our Arab foreign legion alciada. But that was a close one. People were starting to think we could withdraw our troops and that must never be allowed to happen. We would lose too much war profit and the Iraqis might rebuild their state and re-wrest control of their natural resources from us.

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