BY JIM FLINK AND STEPHEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR JIM FLINK
More than 100 Iraqis were killed in several bomb blasts over a two-day period across the country.
CNN has details of the coordinated blasts that spanned several cities and towns.
“Very well coordinated. All over the country.”
“Over the last several months a certain sense of normalcy had returned, but you know, this is the type of place that provides harsh reminders that the country is far from stable.”
The attacks come at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, and targeted judges and prosecutors.
Al Jazeera notes, these attacks are the deadliest in months, and targeted more than government officials.
“Many of the victims were members of Iraq’s security forces. Their ability to keep the country safe is once again in question. … It is one of the deadliest days since the U.S. military pulled out.”
And while some analysts say, these attacks have dissipated leading up to and since the American troop withdrawl from Iraq seven months ago, a reporter for the BBC says these kinds of attacks never really went away.
“It never stopped while the Americans were here. … Almost at every stage following the American invasion in 2003, we’ve been seeing this kind of bloody day across the country.”
A reporter for the Telegraph notes, this could be a worrying sign that Al Qaeda in Iraq’s presence is growing. While no group has claimed responsibility yet, the attacks carry the signature of AQI.
“Despite being largely brought under control by an alliance of American force and local tribal militias in the years before US troops withdrew from Iraq, the local Al-Qaeda franchise has maintained the ability to strike every three to four weeks. Last month, 72 people were killed on one day during a series of bombings timed to coincide with a Shia religious festival.
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