Skip to comments.Series of Blasts in Baghdad Kill 50, Injure 300
Posted on 08/19/2009 3:16:31 AM PDT by Zakeet
A series of explosions struck the Iraqi capital Wednesday, targeting primarily government and commercial buildings, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 300 others, Iraqi police told Reuters.
The blasts follow a string of attacks in Iraq this month that have claimed more than 200 lives and left hundreds more wounded, raising concerns about the abilities of Iraqi security forces to keep the lid on violence in advance of the American withdrawal.
The seemingly coordinated car bomb blasts and mortar attacks began around midmorning Wednesday, striking first near the Finance Ministry in northern Baghdad and then minutes later by the Foreign Ministry near the Green Zone.
The deadliest explosion occurred near the Foreign Ministry, just outside Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone, killing at least seven and wounding at least 55 people, an Iraqi police and medical official said.
A 10-story building that is part of the ministry complex was badly damaged. The explosion was so strong that it also damaged nearby buildings and destroyed dozens of car outside, according to AP Television News footage. A huge area outside the ministry was covered by debris and broken glass.
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All bow to Zero, the undoing of Iraq. All for nothing. Nothing.
Pray for our Troops.
The centre of Baghdad was rocked by seven near-simultaneous explosions this morning, killing an estimated 100 people and wounding 250 more.
In the deadliest attack in Iraq this year, and the most audacious one in the capital for a long time, mortar fire and car bombs were directed towards the main centres of power. Among the targets were the ministries of finance, foreign affairs, health and housing, as well as the Parliament building and the Cabinet building.
Also hit was a checkpoint on the approach roads to the fortified Green Zone. The largest explosion was across the street from the Foreign Ministry and is said to have killed 59 people. The combined total of dead and wounded is said to be 350.
..... I believe that the solution to this problem lies in Teheran.
I pray for their safety, and also for their state of mind. All that sacrifice and suffering, and King Zero is simply throwing it away.
However these animals do not deserve our help.
I do NOT understand why the military, seeing, knowing, what a reckless idiot omama is, don’t step up to the plate for the guys taking the flak. I know the commanders in Iraq have complained bitterly to no avail, but McChrystal in Afghanistan seems determined to put the safety of our troops far, far behind “sensitivity” towards the b@st@rds that are bent on murdering us. He should be court martialled for his malfeasance.
Where is Petraeus? WHERE is ANYONE with some backbone that will stand up to this, this, ......I can’t say it here.
Foxnews - More than 75 dead.
........Waiting for O to say that he doesn’t want the people who caused this problem (America in his mind) to do a lot of the talking.
God save the troops and all the innocents.
If a lot of stuff starts blowing up now maybe the plebiscite will go towards keeping us there, although it will still be more violent than if zer0 had any tiny percentage of sense in his body.
I sure hope my son calls or emails today. He’s stationed at Camp Sather in Iraq. I don’t know how close that is to all of this crap today. Frustrated.
lets hear the MSM’s excuses for the messiah.
I would add that credit should be given to the previous occupant of the White House who went into Iraq to settle a score with Saddam Hussein.
Of course you would. All Bush bashers still believe that.
I believe they are asking the US to stay.
The easiest way to get the US troops out of Iraq is to stop fighting, Then we will gladly move out. Yet they keep killing.I believe they want us to stay.
Prayers up. I haven’t heard anything this morning. We have two sons in that neck of the woods.
Miss Allegra, thinking of you this morning and hoping you’re safe. Please drop us a line!
“killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 300 others,”
To the American Left and the Media, this was only something to be concerned about while REPUBLICANS were in charge.
Now that DEMOCRATS are in charge, this is just a trfling matter they will somehow forget to cover in the same way they did under BUSH.
It makes me sick to my stomach to see this.
Kind of like child psychology? Negative attention behavior?
As for Bush bashing I liked George even tho he went all wobbly on social issues and spent us into a corner with the Iraq war after having his brain hijacked by the neo-cons.
His economic policies were pretty flakey too but I believe he did what Dad and Cheney told him to do. A classic people pleaser couldn't say no to anything.
I wonder what The Marxist Onada will do if the Iraqi government asks us to help them out in the cities. We bailed out of the trouble cities—Baghdad, Mosel and couple of others—too soon for Onada’s political goals.
If the Iraqis ask to go back I think it will be very interesting to see how The Messiah slithers out of it.
First person I thought of too!
We are going to snatch defeat from victory, under obama..........I despise that man more every day.
Who the heck cares? We shouldn’t have gone to Iraq in the first place. Has Bush ever located those “weapons of mass destruction” he kept on talking about?
Too many conservatives have been conned into defending Bush, who wasn’t a conservative, but a rather incompetent “compassionate” conservative, whatever that is.
Prayers for your son!
You're absolutely right.
Both sad and troubling. We have a weak CIC set on exiting Iraq. He is a cluelss cut and run advocate.
I cry for our lost heroes who paid the ultimate price. May God forever hold them dear and watch over our troops who are serving our nation.
Sather is OK. It's over at Victory Base.
I'm just pissed off.
Sometimes anger is healthy:).....Stay safe!
Those FReepers who have loved ones in Iraq care.
And those of us who live in Iraq and have worked for this - who made it work before your hero Obama came along to screw it all up care.
(Thanks for checking in, Allegra!)
“Has Bush ever located those weapons of mass destruction he kept on talking about?”
Don’t even know why I bother responding to such myopia, but would you have rather have found out whether or not he still had WMD by waiting for one in New York?
If Bush went in that direction, and the worst happened, what would you be saying then? You’d be condemning him as a coward, because “EVERYBODY knew Saddam had WMD - why didn’t Bush go after them?”
Worst kind of hypocrite is the America-hating kind...
Anyone who supports our military cares, steven.
Anyone who's child or husband or wife has sacrificed freedom, security, and sometimes health or life cares, steven.
btw, welcome to FR, steven. Maybe after a while you won't be so accepting of leftist tripe about WMD.
Iraq is the Germany of the 21st century.....it is a amazingly strategic place to hold. ( look at a map)
The weapons were there and they were removed, often times when we found evidence of WMA, Dubya, never touted it.
Was the war fought properly..........its up for debate I think it was not prosecuted hard enough.
I have friends over there.....and your flippant attitude is really not appreciated or constructive.
God help our troops....and may Iraq not decend into chaos again.
Thank you so much.
We usually hear from him when somethings going on over there, so I’m sure he’ll call/email just to let us know he’s ok. I just hate the waiting.
WMA should have been WMD....
Amen, annie. AMEN!
Joyous news to hear from you! Keep us posted on everything.
It's a rough time for those of us who wait at home.
I'm praying for him and for YOU.
I join you fervently in that prayer. I've seen Iraq go from Hell to sunlight and don't want to even imagine seeing it turn back again.
Heard he explosions this AM. Hope you’re OK.
I think Bush meant to attack Iran for their very real weapons of destruction, but because of a typo in one of his memos, he ended up attacking Iraq instead.
Does anyone know if this is what really happened?
There were WMD in Iraq and Saddam was funding several aspects of terrorism. He gassed his own people, for crying out loud.
Why don't you go research what some of your fellow Democrats had to say about that very same issue in 1998?
Six American soldiers took photographs at the wrecked ministry and then quickly left. Later, an American officer, who spoke in return for anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, said United States forces were constrained by the agreement under which they handed over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces at the end of June. As much as we want to come, we have to wait to be asked now, he said.
That did not assuage some Iraqis, who blamed the 2003 American invasion for their nations perils and woes.
This country is finished, said one resident, Jamil Jaber, 45, whose five-room home behind the Foreign Ministry had been flattened by the explosion, crushing to death a 4-month-old infant. Its just robbery and killing. He then cursed the United States and former President George W. Bush.
Have there ever been less grateful human beings than the Iraqis? I am SOOOO glad that GWB brought “freedom” to these people. /sarc
What's your source, anyway?
The Iraqis have thanked us publicly and privately on numerous occasions over the years, but the state-run media sources you cite will never admit that.
For example, you weren't in Iraq on their first election day in January of '05.
Steven, this is a site for people who respect our troops and their mission and have great compassion for the losses of our fellow Americans. Take your sarcasm and re-hashed old arguments over to the Daily Kos or DU where they are still dwelling on them.
I can tell you absolutely that the Iraqi people were deeply grateful.
Al Sadr's thugs were not. al Qaeda was not. But the Iraqi people trusted and respected the American troops.
I know that doesn't match your leftist talking points, but it's the truth.
Must feel great to be on the same side of the argument as the terrorists, eh steven? Takes the Biblical command to love your enemies to a whole new level. You become one with the enemy.
You must be SO proud.