Violence Increasing In Iraq As Government Still Unsettled

Violence Increasing In Iraq As Government Still Unsettled

Violence Increasing In Iraq As Government Still Unsettled

On Tuesday, attacks by militants in Baghdad led to the death of at least 113 people in Shiite neighborhoods throughout the city.  The latest attacks are an extension of recent violent assaults by the Sunni Arab militant group Al Qaida in Iraq.  It appears the group is attempting to restart a sectarian war between the groups of nationals while the Iraqi government is still attempting to sort itself out and select a leader.

In all, there were at least 17 coordinated explosions in the city at sunset on a day being called one of the most violent of the year.  Tuesday’s attacks came just 48 hours after an attack left 58 people dead after armed members of the militant group seized a Baghdad church.

An unnamed Iraqi security officer said, “The situation is very bad.”  The recent wave of violence has been building since the March elections that were supposed to unite the country under a new governmental structure.  However, the country has been unable to decide who the true winners of the elections were, and are still struggling to navigate the road to a functioning government.  In the midst of the election confusion and the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops, insurgent terrorists have seized the opportunity to assert themselves in an attempt to throw the country into further disarray. 

The increase in both the number, and violence, of the militant attacks have many in the country worried that the situation may revert back to the violence found in the country prior to 2007 when the sectarian war was still raging in full force. 

Many Iraqi citizens interviewed said they felt abandoned by their government and left to fend for themselves.  For their part, U.S. troops say they are handcuffed in the current situation.  The withdrawal of troops has left them without the manpower or authority to quell the recent attacks.  U.S. military are currently operating in a strictly advisory capacity as Iraq is in the midst of transferring national defense responsibilities from U.S. forces to the Iraqi military.


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