BAGHDAD — As Iraqis flooded the streets of their capital and other cities on Saturday to celebrate Id al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a string of car bombs struck in mostly Shiite neighborhoods, killing more than 60 people, officials said.A direct result of Barack Hussein's clusterf-k foreign policy. See Geoffrey Norman, at the Weekly Standard, "Impotent in Iraq":
The bombings were the latest in a surge of attacks in Iraq this summer — before, during and after Ramadan — that have brought monthly death tolls to levels not seen in nearly five years, according to United Nations figures.
The attacks on Saturday killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 200 across Iraq, an Interior Ministry official said.
Nine car bombs struck around Baghdad, the capital, at public markets and near a city park, and many exploded in Shiite neighborhoods that have borne the brunt of the increasingly violent Sunni insurgency led by Al Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate, killing at least 35 people. Other attacks — in the northern city of Tuz Khurmato, in Hilla, Karbala and Dhi Qar in the south — killed at least 26.
The State Department condemned the attacks and noted that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Al Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate, is now based in Syria.
The United States has offered a $10 million reward for information “that helps authorities kill or capture” Mr. Baghdadi and is prepared to work with the Iraq government to counter the threat from Al Qaeda, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Saturday night.
That reward is second only to the one that the United States has offered for information leading to Ayman al-Zawahri, the head of the Qaeda network.
According to the United Nations, 1,057 Iraqis were killed and 2,326 were wounded in attacks in July, the highest monthly casualty figures since 2008.
Iraq appears, increasingly, to be lost.We'll see.
For want of a status-of-forces agreement.
There's been a few bright spots, like the northern Kurdish region, where democratization is taking hold. But that's despite the best efforts of this administration to sabotage the movement toward freedom in the country. What a shame.