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In case we needed a reminder of how much of a waste it can be for the U.S. to go rescue random peoples from themselves.

Terrorists in Baghdad are still getting it poppin’ in a major way.

Fifteen explosions shook Baghdad over the span of four hours yesterday morning, killing 18 and wounding 77, according to an Iraqi security official.

The most deadly attack occurred at about 9 a.m. in north Baghdad when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near police officers who had responded to an explosion that they believed had targeted a US military convoy, the official said.

Twelve people, including eight police officers, died in the attack, and 23 were wounded, including eight more police officers, the official said.

US military officials said they had no reports that a US convoy was near the scene. The officials, however, said that a US military patrol was attacked later in the day north of Baquba. One soldier sustained minor injuries.

The violence appeared to be part of a pattern in Baghdad on Sundays, the day that marks the beginning of the workweek. Last Sunday, insurgents fired rockets and mortars at the heavily fortified Green Zone, detonated explosives, and assassinated government officials, killing six and wounding dozens.

It was the third time this month that Iraqi security forces were the main target of insurgent violence. Militants have been attacking the security forces in an attempt to undermine public confidence in the ability of the Iraqi military and police to take over from American troops who are scheduled to leave the country by the end of this year.

The latest attacks occurred in both the Sunni and Shi’ite parts of the city, including two in Sadr City, the stronghold of the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Although attacks have significantly decreased in Iraq over the past few years, a consistent level of violence that the authorities have been unable to prevent remains, with lethal attacks occurring on nearly a daily basis.

We can only imagine how little has changed in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein died. And at this point: poor people fed up. It would be nice if they could deal with their frustration differently though.




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