57 Dead in Wave of Baghdad Bombings
Wave of bloodshed has killed more than 300 in two weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 27, 2013.   (STR)

(Newser) – A wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Baghdad area this afternoon, leaving at least 57 dead in the latest outburst of an unusually intense wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq, which has killed more than 300 people in the past two weeks alone. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today's bloodshed, but the attacks bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda's Iraqi arm. The group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, frequently uses car bombs and coordinated blasts in an effort to undermine Iraqis' confidence in the Shiite-led government.

The blasts are the latest indication that Iraq's security is rapidly deteriorating as sectarian tensions exacerbated by months of Sunni-led anti-government protests and the war in neighboring Syria are on the rise. Although violence has decreased sharply in Iraq since the height of insurgency, militants are still capable to carry out lethal attacks nationwide. The recent wave of bloodshed has raised tensions between the country's Sunni minority and Shiite-led government. The surge in violence has been reminiscent of the sectarian carnage that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. Alarmed by a nationwide deterioration in the security situation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered a reshuffle in senior military ranks.

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May 28, 2013 9:02 AM CDT
just another sunni shitti day in good old down town baghdad! as usual the used car biz is booming!!!!!!!!
May 27, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
Actually confirmed, indisputable benefits of the Mesopotamian/US wars. 1) We saved hundreds of thousands of Iranian lives. When we invaded Iraq, Iran immediately called off their war with them. In return, we prevented Saddam from raining down chemical weapons upon their cities within Scud missile range. Of course a side liability was Iran was then free to pursue its nuclear ambitions (if I speak like a 70's kid). 2) We stabilized the oil production region of the world. Acting as a regional police force, there were no new invasions of any government in the region. Everybody played nice on the block, even the Russians. 3) We singlehandedly saved Israel. Iran was very fast approaching the finished product of the biggest gun in the world. Modeled after the ones built in France by the Nazis, it would be able to fire Volkswagon sized shells that could have reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It had a setback when the Mossad assassinated the engineer. But they would have completed it if we hadn't taken over the show. Saddam planned to build as many as 100 of these guns. 4) We maintained profitability of the growing technical arms sector in the USA. You know the big players from the assassination of JF Kennedy (Bell), and RFK (Thane Eugene Cesar at Northrop), Raytheon, and the likes. They all saw nice big profit boosts from the ordeal.
May 27, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
We murdered Iraq's citizens, erased its infrastructure, destroyed irreplaceable ancient artifacts and architecture, made Iran the top dog, sacrificed thousands of our soldiers, and charged trillions to our national debt. Mission Accomplished. Happy Memorial Day.