Aug 15, 2011
Attacks in more than a dozen cities across Iraq on Monday killed 66 people, including 40 in twin blasts in the southern city of Kut, in the country’s bloodiest day this year.
The surge of violence raises questions over the capabilities of Iraq’s forces after its leaders agreed to open talks with the US over a military training mission to last beyond a projected year-end American withdrawal.
The attacks, which took place in 17 cities and wounded more than 230 people, were quickly condemned by parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, who blamed security leaders for unspecified “violations.”
In Monday’s worst attack, a roadside bomb in the centre of Kut, 100 miles south of Baghdad, at 8am local time was followed minutes later by a nearby car bomb, medical and security officials said.
This article was posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 at 7:48 am