Scores killed in Iraq violence

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Monday, 15 August 2011


killed iraqScores of people, including women and children, have been killed and dozens others left injured in recent violence across Iraq.

A security official said two explosions at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Monday in a crowded area in the center of the eastern city of Kut, 160

According to medics, there were women and children among the Monday casualties, Shiite News reported. 

Twin blasts also killed at least three police officers and injured seven others in the city of Tikrit, 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of Baghdad. 

Another explosion in a police headquarters killed two people and wounded nine others east of the city of Karbala. Car bombs in the central city of Najaf also claimed the lives of nine and left 19 others wounded. 

At least eight people lost their lives and 14 were wounded in a car bomb attack in the province of Diyala. Bombings and other forms of violence have become an almost daily occurrence in Iraq in recent months as the US government has made no secret of its strong desire to extend its military presence in the war-torn country beyond the December 2011 withdrawal date. 

Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said on Sunday that a continued US military presence is “a problem, not a solution,” adding that their year-end pullout will improve security in the Middle Eastern country. 

However, Iraqi leaders have agreed to hold open negotiations with the United States about possible post-2011 military training missions in Iraq. 

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of destroying alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) belonging to executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. No WMDs were ever found in Iraq following the invasion. 

Over one million Iraqis have been killed since the beginning of the occupation, according to a study by the British polling group, Opinion Research Business.

"> kilometers (100 miles) south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, claimed the lives of at least 37 people. 

According to medics, there were women and children among the Monday casualties, Shiite News reported. 

Twin blasts also killed at least three police officers and injured seven others in the city of Tikrit, 150 kilometers (95 miles) north of Baghdad. 

Another explosion in a police headquarters killed two people and wounded nine others east of the city of Karbala. Car bombs in the central city of Najaf also claimed the lives of nine and left 19 others wounded. 

At least eight people lost their lives and 14 were wounded in a car bomb attack in the province of Diyala. Bombings and other forms of violence have become an almost daily occurrence in Iraq in recent months as the US government has made no secret of its strong desire to extend its military presence in the war-torn country beyond the December 2011 withdrawal date. 

Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said on Sunday that a continued US military presence is “a problem, not a solution,” adding that their year-end pullout will improve security in the Middle Eastern country. 

However, Iraqi leaders have agreed to hold open negotiations with the United States about possible post-2011 military training missions in Iraq. 

The US invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of destroying alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) belonging to executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. No WMDs were ever found in Iraq following the invasion. 

Over one million Iraqis have been killed since the beginning of the occupation, according to a study by the British polling group, Opinion Research Business.

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