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.

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