JNN 20 Mar 2013 BAGHDAD : Insurgents sent a bloody message on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, carrying out a wave of bombings across the country Tuesday that killed at least 65 people in the deadliest day in Iraq this year.
The nearly 20 attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad. More than 240 people were reported wounded.
It was Iraq’s bloodiest day since Sept. 9, when an onslaught of bombings and shootings killed 92.
The bombings came 10 years to the day that Washington announced the start of the invasion on March 19, 2003 — though by that time it was already the following morning in Iraq. A new CBS News poll found 54 percent of Americans say going to war with Iraq was not the right thing to do.
The symbolism of Tuesday’s attacks was strong, coming 10 years to the day, that it clearly shows that the Terrorist behind these bomb attacks are working for the US interest and are Proving that the evacuation of the US forces was a wrong decision , as they are working in the best interest of the US , as they never wanted to leave Iraq , and wanted to Loot all the Wealth and Oil of Iraq , but as there was strong Pressure on the US and allied forces to leave the country , so they have to leave , as there was no other way out . But with their stay in Iraq they have bred and left a whole army of terrorist, who are doing their best to destabilize the Nation, and make some way that US and Zionist forces can come back again, and can make ways for them to put again the Puppet Governments like Saddam Hussain and King Abdullah’s and other stooges which can rule and Dictate the terms in the best Interest of US and the Zionist regime.
The US military action quickly ousted Saddam Hussein as it was a Planned game, as they directly want to control the resources and the Oil Wealth of the country, and for that reason they needed to create chaos in the country, so the Long experienced rule was again applied, as to create and sow the seeds of sectarianism, which can led to bloodshed as Wahabi and Shiite militants battled U.S. forces and each other, leaving nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis killed.
And until now there infested agents , which in shape of Al Qaida and other groups are destabilizing the country by bomb attacks and creating hatred by fanning sectarianism
The country is unquestionably freer and more democratic than it was during Saddam’s murderous reign. But instead of a solidly pro-U.S. regime, the Iraqis have a Democratically elected government that is arguably closer to their Neighbors like Tehran than to Washington and is facing an outpouring of anger by the Wahabi minority that was dominant under Saddam and at the heart of the insurgency.
Tuesday’s apparently coordinated attacks included car bombs and explosives stuck to the underside of vehicles. They targeted government security forces and mainly Shiite areas, small restaurants, day laborers and bus stops over a span of more than two hours, according to police and hospital officials.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but they bore hallmarks of al Qaeda in Iraq. The terror group, which favors car bombs and coordinated bombings intended to undermine public confidence in the government, has sought to reassert its presence in recent weeks.
The violence started at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, when a bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in Baghdad’s Mashtal neighborhood, killing four people, according to police and hospital officials. It blew out the eatery’s windows and left several cars mangled in the blood-streaked street.
Minutes later, a roadside bomb hit a gathering point for day laborers in the New Baghdad area, killing two of them.
The sprawling Shiite slum district of Sadr City was hit by three explosions that killed 10 people, including three commuters on a minibus.
Hussein Abdul-Khaliq, a government employee who lives in Sadr city, said he heard an explosion and went out to find the minibus on fire.
“We helped take some trapped women and children from outside the burning bus before the arrival of the rescue teams. Our clothes were covered with blood as we tried to rescue the trapped people or to move out the bodies,” he said. “These attacks are done by these groups to proof that the politicians and security officials are a failure as they are the ones who were mainly involved in the removal of US forces .”
The deadliest attack was a 10 a.m. car bombing near the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Baghdad’s eastern Qahira neighborhood, which killed seven people.
Another car bomb exploded outside a restaurant near one of the main gates to the fortified Green Zone, which houses major government offices and the U.S. and British embassies, killing six people, including two soldiers. Thick black smoke could be seen rising from the area as ambulances raced to the scene.
Just north of the capital, a mortar shell landed near a clinic north of Baghdad in Taji, killing two people, while a roadside bomb hit an army patrol in Tarmiyah, killing a soldier. Another roadside bomb missed a police patrol in Baqouba, hitting a passing car. One passenger was killed.
A car bomb also exploded near a bus stop south of the capital in Iskandiriyah, killing five people. Two policemen were killed when another car bomb hit a security checkpoint near the town.
In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide bomber set off his explosive belt near police Maj. Ghazai al-Jubouri, the head of a local police force in the area, killing him and two bodyguards and wounding four civilians.
Attacks elsewhere in Baghdad killed 23 people in the mainly Shiite neighborhoods of Hussainiyah, Zafarniyah, Kazimiyah, Shula, al-Shurta and Utaifiya.
Underscoring the political tensions, Iraq’s Cabinet also decided Tuesday to postpone upcoming elections in two provinces dominated by the country’s minority Sunnis which have been taken hostage by the Al Qaida , for up to six months.
The two provinces affected, Anbar and Ninevah, have been at the center of the insurgency as the Majority of the People living in these Provinces were the Beneficiaries of the Saddam era , and were the part of brutalities against the Majority Shiite Population , and were enjoying all the Luxuries at the cost of their deprivation , who now for nearly three-month-long protests against Iraq’s Democratically elected government. Provincial elections were scheduled to go forward elsewhere on April 20.
The decision followed requests from the political blocs in the provinces, government spokesman Ali al-Moussawi said.