Sweeping Attacks Kill 50 Across Iraq
String of coordinated bombings strike 12 cities
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2012 7:36 AM CST
Ahmed Ali inspects his destroyed car after a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

(Newser) – A rapid series of bombings and shootings exploded across 12 Iraqi cities today, in what appeared to be a large, coordinated al-Qaeda attack. The attacks hit government offices, restaurants, and in one case exploded close to a primary school, though security forces appeared to be the primary targets, the AP reports. No one has claimed responsibility yet, but targeting security forces is a hallmark of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has been launching high profile attacks every few weeks.

"What is happening today are not simple security violations—it is a huge security failure and disaster," says one government employee who was working near one of the blasts. "We want to know: What were the thousands of policemen and soldiers in Baghdad doing today?" A senior Iraqi intelligence official says he believes the attack had been planned for at least a month, and was intended to scare diplomats coming to Baghdad for an Arab League summit in March.

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Feb 23, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Al-Qaeda? - Haven't we heard from team Obama (Clueless, Helpless, Dumb, Stupid, and Ignorant) at least 100 times, that Al-Qaeda has been decimated and almost all their senior leaders killed? - BUT every-time we turn around, team Obama (CHDSI) tells the world that Al-Qaeda is responsible for every assassination and bombing worldwide, (that's not done by the US and their allies). -- REALLY -- This from Obama (the clueless), the man with the golden tongue, who makes the truth sound like a lie, and twists the lie to sound like the truth, like the US has turned the war in Afghanistan, and not how America lost the Afghan war, the day Obama was elected President. -- Team Obama (CHDSI) with the greatest army in the world, being defeated in Afghanistan, by the ill equipped and with few resources Al-Qaeda and Taliban, riding donkeys, wearing nightshirts, gym shoes, and sandals. -- The Clueless led team Obama (CHDSI) blames Al-Qaeda and terrorists, for all those assassinations and bombings the US and allies didn't do, not realizing Al-Qaeda and terrorists are mimicking exactly, what the US and allies do. -- CLUELESS I'LL GIVE YOU A CLUE -- Al-Qaeda and the Taliban assassinations, mimic the US and allies, their suicide bombers, are their poor-mans US Drones, their car bombs, are their poor-mans US cruise missiles, and their roadside bombs, are the poor-mans US dumb bombs. -- THINK -- Team Obama (CHDSI) all you have to do is think. -- Al-Qaeda and the terrorists mimic everything the US and allies do, and they copy (with a cheap foreign made copy), of every Union made in America, weapon you use, and copy your assassinations by US Cruise missiles, with bullets and suicide bomber assassinations too. -- THINK -- The only thing different, the only thing new, is they (Al-Qaeda and terrorists) think on what the US does, and will do, while team Obama (CHDSI) can't think and they act confused. -- LET ME HELP YOU THINK -- Team Obama (CHDSI) think about the strategy you use, then try to think of how Al-Qaeda and terrorists will copy, and react to your strategy, and what they will do, THEN think, of how you'll re-act, to the Al-Qaeda and terrorists mimicking you. -- THINK -- Team Obama (CHDSI) just think, if your enemy (Al-Qaeda and terrorists) are thinking, your going to have to start thinking too. -- WHAT? -- Team Obama (CHDSI) can't seem to think about anything, except Obama's re-election campaign? --- Oh, vote to re-elect team Obama (CHDSI) again, they promise to give America 4 more years of incompetence. ----- God help America, give Clueless a clue, someone who's not helpless, and who's not confused. -------- PRAY
Feb 23, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Why do they still call it Al Qaeda when most casual observers know this is the Sunni trying to force Shiites to share more power?
Feb 23, 2012 7:52 AM CST
Wow ... it's a good thing we built a nation there, huh?