Death toll at least 60 in weekend car bomb wave across Baghdad

Death toll at least 60 in weekend car bomb wave across Baghdad

[Ed. – Stability hangs by a thread in Iraq, now caught in the middle of a Middle Eastern power struggle with the Sunni “ISIS” jihadis on one side, operating in Syria and Anbar Province, and Iran on the other, trying to maintain her client Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria.  The last thing the U.S. should do is supply any arms that might end up in the hands of ISIS (also referred to in Western media as ISIL).  Unfortunately, we almost certainly have done that already.]

A wave of car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 60 people, and militants stormed a university campus in western Iraq, security and medical sources said.

In total, there were a dozen blasts in mainly Shi’ite districts of the capital, the deadliest of which occurred in Bayaa, where a car bomb left 23 people dead, many of them young men playing billiards.

“I was about to close my shop when I heard a huge explosion on the main commercial street,” said Kareem Abdulla, whose legs were still shaking from the shock. “I saw many cars set ablaze as well as shops”.

Other bombs went off near a cinema, a popular juice shop and a Shi’ite mosque. …

Since Thursday alone, militants have seized parts of Ramadi and Falluja, the two main cities in the mainly Sunni Anbar province. On Saturday, they took control of the campus of Anbar University in Ramadi. …

Ramadi and Falluja were overrun at the start of the year by tribal and Sunni insurgents, including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). …

Security forces have regained control of central Ramadi, but the suburbs and outlying areas have swung back and forth between them and the militants. Falluja, around 50 km (30 miles) away, is still in insurgent hands. …

Almost 480,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Anbar over the past six months, according to the United Nations – Iraq’s largest displacement since the sectarian bloodletting that climaxed in 2006-07.

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