Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wire: Baghdad Bombings Possible Inside Job Says Iraqi Leader

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2009 -- Newswire services this morning reported that Iraq's foreign minister said Saturday that those who carried out bombings that targeted government buildings in the Iraqi capital received help to pull off the attacks, possibly from Iraqi security forces.

The Associated Press said the comments come as anger mounts over the bombings that have lead lawmakers to scrutinize the readiness of Iraqi security forces and raised questions about the loosening of security measures in Baghdad.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered security tightened and concrete blast walls to remain around potential targets in the aftermath of the attacks, reversing an order earlier this month to remove the walls in Baghdad by mid-September.

"Regrettably, we accepted the order to remove concrete walls and removal of a joint checkpoint near the ministry," Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters during a press conference in Baghdad.

The blasts Wednesday primarily targeted government buildings, including the foreign and finance ministries, killing at least 101 people and wounding more than 500, AP said.

(Report from newswire sources.)

Source: Iraqi FM: Baghdad bombings possible inside job

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