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Sadly, Another Day, Another Deadly Bombing in Iraq



Sad news from Iraq today as insurgents killed twelve people on the final day of a religious festival that brought as many as 1 million pilgrims to the capital to worship at the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, the seventh Shi’a Imam.


The AP reports: “Six people died in eastern Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded Thursday morning as pilgrims were walking home from the mosque in the Kazimiyah neighborhood, while a car bomb in southern Baghdad killed another person. Five more people were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad, said Iraqi hospital and police officials.”


Despite a formidable security presence the bombings mark a second consecutive day of violence.


On Wendesday, attacks killed more than 50 and injured hundreds as Shi’a pilgrims were targeted in a what has been clearly characterized as a series of coordinated attacks, designed to inflame sectarian tensions within an Iraqi power vacuum that is further deteriorating as US troops pack-up and head home.



Reid Smith

Reid Smith has worked as a research associate specializing on U.S. policy in the Middle East and as a political speechwriter. He is currently a doctoral student and graduate associate with the University of Delaware's Department of Political Science and International Relations. He blogs and writes for The American Spectator.