Monday, June 22, 2009

Wire: Over 100 Killed in 3 Days as Violence Surges in Iraq

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that bombings and shootings killed more than 30 people across Iraq on Monday, including high school students on their way to final exams, part of a new round of violence ahead of next week's deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from urban areas.

The Associated Press said the attacks pushed the three-day Iraqi death toll over 100, shattering a recent lull and adding fresh doubt to the ability of government forces to protect people without U.S. soldiers by their sides. American combat troops have already begun moving from inner-city outposts to large bases outside Baghdad and other cities.

Overall levels of violence remain low, but Iraqi officials have warned that militants will likely carry out more attacks to erode public confidence in the government as the Americans pull out of cities by June 30 -- the first step toward a full withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011, AP said.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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