Two explosions near Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday killed more than 132 people and injured at least 520 more, by the BBC’s count. The suicide attacks targeted the Justice Ministry and a provincial government office.

Beyond the devastation and tragic loss of life, a major attack in Baghdad inevitably raises questions about whether it will affect the United States’ planned withdrawal. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement expressing outrage, but also made specific mention of “the impressive progress that Iraq has made towards stability and self-reliance.” — PZS


US President Barack Obama has led international condemnation of Sunday’s double suicide bomb attack in Baghdad that killed at least 132 people.

Mr Obama branded the attacks — the worst in more than two years in Iraq — “hateful and destructive”.

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