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Suicide car bomb outside Baghdad hospital kills 31

A suicide bomber set off an explosives-packed car outside a Baghdad hospital on Friday, killing 31 people in the capital’s deadliest day in a month, amid a political crisis that has stoked tensions. The attack in a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood, which also left 60 people wounded, came days after Al-Qaeda…

Rockets hit Green Zone as Iraq marks Army Day

Rockets were fired against Baghdad’s Green Zone as Iraq’s military marked its anniversary with a parade Friday, a day after the country suffered its worst attacks since August and weeks after US troops left. Further violence against Shiite pilgrims, who were the targets of Thursday’s bombings, killed two people, the…

Baghdad blasts kill 21 in Shiite districts

A spate of blasts against Shiite enclaves in Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Thursday, officials said, as Iraq grapples with a political row that has stoked sectarian tensions. The violence, which left dozens more wounded, was the worst since a series of explosions across the Iraqi capital on…

Bombs kill 57 as Iraq mired in political crisis

A wave of attacks in Baghdad Thursday killed 57 people as Iraq faced a political crisis, with its vice president accused of running death squads and the premier warning he could break off power-sharing. The apparently coordinated blasts and the murder of a family-of-five in restive Diyala province were the…

Vienna best place to live, Baghdad worst: survey

VIENNA (Reuters) – Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place. German and Swiss cities also performed especially well in the quality of…

Maybe I’m being overly credulous, but…

…this makes sense. I’ll have to think about it more before I decide whether – assuming the story is true – the reasoning here is good enough to justify Obama’s eventual decision, but on first glance I’d say that when the prime minister of Iraq warns that “Baghdad will burn”,…

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