Sunday, July 21, 2013

Iraq: At least 65 killed in a series of bombings, over 500 this month, over 2,700 this year

"... we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq... And we are ending a war not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home."
~Barack Obama, December 14, 2011.
Baghdad (Digital Journal) - Iraq is suffering a wave of violence so far this month that has already brought the death toll total to over 500 people. Much of the violence is sectarian-based between the Shia majority and Sunni minority.

On Saturday night (July 20) alone at least 65 died in a series of bombings. Twelve car bombs and a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad. Another bomb exploded south of the city a police colonel and a medical official report.

The attacks appeared to be coordinated. The explosions happened just as Baghdad residents had turned out to shop and relax after the Ramadan iftar meal. Almost 200 were wounded by the explosions. Iftar is the meal breaking the daily fast during the Ramadan holy month. Estimates by security and medical sources now place the toll for 2013 in Iraq at more than 2,700 killed.

Ramadan death toll is now at 356.