Monday, August 10, 2009

Wire: Iraq Suffers Bloodiest Day Since US Pullback

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2009 -- Newswire services today reported that a double truck bombing Monday in Mosul and blasts in Baghdad brought the Iraqi death toll to more than 100 in three days, the worst spasm of violence the country has suffered since U.S. forces left the cities.

The Associated Press reported that the bloodshed threatened to chip away at public confidence in the U.S.-backed government ahead of next year's national elections, including an announcement last week that all concrete blast walls will be removed from Baghdad's main roads by mid-September.

The attacks in Mosul, which the U.S. military has called the last stronghold of al-Qaida, killed 28 people Monday and 44 on Friday.

Another 22 Iraqis, mostly day laborers, died in two bombings in Baghdad on Monday. Seven Shiite pilgrims also were killed by bombings in Baghdad on Friday.

The latest deaths raise to at least 158 the number killed in the first 10 days of August -- more than half the 309 killed in all of July -- according to an Associated Press tally.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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