Multiple bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite worshippers have killed 58 people in Iraq, including 25 near the main Baghdad office of an anti-US Shiite cleric, officials said.
The violence demonstrated insurgents remain a potent force days after Iraqi authorities announced the killings of the top two al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in what they described as a major blow, The Press Association reports.
Iraqi military spokesman Major General Qassim Atta yesterday disclosed the arrest of al-Qaeda’s Baghdad chief, Manaf Abdul Raheem al-Rawi, six weeks ago. He said the detention had led to the capture and killing of scores of the group’s leaders and fighters, including al-Baghdadi and al-Masri. He warned the group would probably seek reprisals.
Iraq’s biggest political parties continue to vie for the right to form the next government and name a new prime minister, after parliamentary elections on March 7 delivered no clear winner. Iraqi officials have said insurgents have been trying to exploit a political vacuum, according to Business Week.
Following the summit in Riga on November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained how the alliance could respond to Russia's 'new aggression against Ukraine.'