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Iraq: Five Car Bomb Attacks in Baghdad

 

Background - Baghdad, December 8th, 2009

 

“[…] Car bombs killed at least 112 people in the heart of the Iraqi capital Tuesday, striking government buildings despite a security crackdown after a series of high-profile attacks. […] A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle in the car park of a courthouse, after getting through a checkpoint, police said. Another explosion struck a temporary building used by the Finance Ministry after its main premises were devastated in a bombing in August. […] A third bomber blew himself and his car up near a training centre for judges. The first blast occurred in the southern Baghdad district of Doura about 30 minutes before the other three. It, too, was a suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives. […]”

 

Excerpt of a Reuters article from December 9th, 2009.

Fire after bomb explosion

 

The Video

 

 

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The Aftermath

Aftermath I

Aftermath II

Iraqi General Abbud Qanbar

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

The video is a news report from Reuters, which was aired and published on the Internet on December 8th, 2009.

 

Background

 

1) A general view shows the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad. Car bombs killed at least 112 people in the heart of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, striking government buildings, despite a security crackdown after recent high-profile attacks. A suicide car bomber detonated himself in the car park of a courthouse, after getting through a checkpoint, police said. - December 8th, 2009 - Stringer/Reuters;

 

The Aftermath

 

1) A U.S. soldier stands guard near the wreckage of vehicles after a bomb attack in northern Baghdad - December 8th, 2009 - Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters;

2) Iraqis inspect damage at the site of a blast near the Finance Ministry in Baghdad. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused rivals on Thursday of stoking political rows that have put Iraq’s security at risk, as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit. - December 9th, 2009 - Ahmad al-Rubaye/Agence France Presse;

3) Lieutenant General Abbud Qanbar was sacked as Baghdad's security chief after the devastating bombings. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has accused rivals of stoking political rows that have put Iraq’s security at risk, as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived on a surprise visit to Baghdad. - Date unknown - Sabah Arar/File/Agence France Presse;

 

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