Another Deadly Coordinated Attack in Iraq Underscores Security Issues of U.S. Pullout

December 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — And as the United State draws it’s forces away to continue the ‘War on Terror’ in Afghanistan, one wonders whether our efforts to stabilize and set Iraq on the course to Democracy will really succeed. Violence once again has escalated in Iraq as at least 120 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded, in a series of suicide bomb blasts across Baghdad this morning.

The car bomb blasts were coordinated with the first explosion in central Baghdad was heard at 10.25 am on Tuesday, with a second blast within seconds and a third one a minute later.  Two exploded near the labor and interior ministries, two more struck in central Baghdad, and another at a police patrol in Dora, in the south of the city.

The blasts came after Iraqi parliament passed a new electoral law paving the way for parliamentary elections, and just before Iraqi officials today confirmed March 6, as the date for next year’s elections.

The government is in a struggle to build institutions and stamp its authority, while Sunni insurgency and its powerful backers in Iran and Syria have attempted to wreck both its means and credibility.  Iraqi forces are now in an expanding role as front-line security, as the US now has 115,000 soldiers in Iraq. But that figure will drop to 50,000 next year as all of its combat troops are pulled out before a complete withdrawal by the end of 2011.


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