U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year
Iraqi security forces inspect a site after an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk after a series of bomb attacks across Iraq.
August 15th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year

A barrage of deadly attacks struck across Iraq Monday, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 250 others, Iraqi officials said.

Twenty bombings and shooting incidents were reported. Some struck police and security forces, though a great many targeted civilians.

Casualty reports from police, Interior Ministry officials, and health officials put the number of wounded at 252 by early evening.

"Once again, murderers and criminals have carried out attacks against innocent civilians to add a new page to their black criminal record," Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement.

He called on security forces to "not let the killers catch their breath," and pursue them "until they finish them."

It was the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months, taking place on the halfway mark of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Today's attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on Aug. 25," said Maj. Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq.

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  1. s kel

    I wear women's clothing. I feel special. I also use pink lipstick by Laurel. Truly awesome. I love it.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandi

    To Pink Panther-U R absolutely right! Whnever is using your name is a real chicken crap, wha's the problem? Afraid 2 use your own mane because U have ticked off so many, they may find U?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    So much for our most "glorious victory" in Iraq! The only way to really stop this violence now is to divide Iraq into three different states ; giving the north to thr Kurds, the south to the Shiites and the west to the Sunnis. Otherwise, this violence will only continue. Too bad that the right-wing thugs in Washington just won't realize that simple fact!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    Good post George Patton,thank you. You said it all.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. theirdead6

    There were no suicide bombing attacks in Iraq prior to the invasion and occupation. I understand
    the aspirations for an Iraq free from the Saddam clan, but this poor country has suffered so much death
    and vast wakes of grief as they continually have to remove their dead citizens and pieces of body parts from
    their streets. It is just too horrific.

    August 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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