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Monday, July 19, 2004

On Iraq

It was hoped that the Iraqi handover would lead to stability but this doesn't seem to be the case. Reuters reports on some of the major bombings that have taken place since Iraq became "sovereign":
May 17 - A suicide car bomb in Baghdad kills the head of Iraq's Governing Council Abdul Zahra Othman Mohammad, a Shi'ite Muslim also known as Izzedin Salim, dealing a major blow to the U.S. coalition.
June 1 - A suicide car bomber blows himself up at a U.S. military base near Baiji, north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 Iraqis and wounding 20 others and two American soldiers.
June 8 - A car bomb explodes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The U.S. military said at least nine Iraqis were killed and 25 wounded.
June 13 - A suicide car bomber kills up to 12 Iraqis, including four policemen, near a U.S.-Iraqi base in Baghdad.
June 14 - Two British, a Frenchman, an American and one Filipino are among 13 killed in a suicide car bombing in Baghdad which targeted foreign contractors. Jama'at al-Tawhid and Jihad, a group headed by suspected al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility the next day.
June 17 - A suicide car bomb explodes at an Iraq army recruiting base near Baghdad's Muthanna airport. Iraqi officials say at least 25 are killed and 50 wounded.
-- A car bomb kills six paramilitary civil defence guards and wounds four near the town of Balad, north of Baghdad.
June 24 - Coordinated car bombs in Baquba, Falluja, Ramadi, Mosul and Baghdad kill around 100 people including three U.S. soldiers. Mosul was the worst hit, with suicide bombings killing 62 people and wounding 220.
June 26 - Twin car bomb blasts in Hilla, south of Baghdad, kill 23 people and wound 58.
July 14 - 11 Iraqis are killed and 30 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack at the entrance to the Green Zone in Baghdad which houses Iraq's interim government and the U.S. military's headquarters.
July 15 - A suspected car bomb attack kills 10 Iraqis and wounds 30 in the town of Haditha, 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
July 17 - A suicide car bomber strikes at a convoy in Baghdad killing five bodyguards of Justice Minister Malik al-Hassan. The minister was unhurt. The attack was claimed by Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group.
July 19 - At least 10 people are killed and 40 wounded after a suicide truck bomb blew up outside a Baghdad police station. 


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