May 14th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

At least 25 killed in Iraq bombing

At least 25 people were killed and 100 were wounded in a double suicide bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Friday, an Interior Ministry official said.

A suicide car bomber detonated explosives at a stadium where people had gathered to watch a football match Friday evening. Moments later, a second bomber struck the stadium on foot.

Tal Afar is an ethnically mixed city about 420 kilometers (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Later on Friday, at least four Iraqis were killed and eight others wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near a park in the predominantly Sunni district of Adhamiya in northern Baghdad.

The stadium attack followed a spate of violence across Iraq on Monday that claimed 85 lives and injured nearly 300, making it the nation's deadliest day so far this year.

Attacks were launched in six provinces, including Basra, Wasit and Babil - which tend to be less violent than others - in violence reminiscent of what was typical during the height of the sectarian war.

The violence comes at a critical time in Iraq, as the country is struggling to form a government after contentious national elections, a process that Western officials have described as "lagging."

No one has claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks, but such coordinated assaults bear the hallmarks of al Qaeda in Iraq, which is known to take advantage of political fissures to carry out attacks to create turmoil.

- CNN's Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.

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  1. RETURNING SOLDIER

    Shame on you that portray happiness from death. I just spent a year over there and found that the common people just want what we want. Most of those people you cheer about their deaths and talk about wiping them out only want a peaceful world in which they can raise thier children and care for their family. The majority of Iraqis are hard working, honest citizens that just happen to be born in a more unfortunate country. I thank God that I was lucky enough to be born an American. I love our freedom, our fortunes, and our realtively safe nation. I have seen first hand how these people live and work, and I have spent a year away from my family working on helping these people, who were extreemly appreciative of what we were doing. There are bad people in every nation, too bad this minority of citizens (of which most of the violence comes from non-citizens) gives their nation a bad reputation. To those that are cheering about the viloence, have you served in Iraq? If you said yes, then I think you missed the point of why we were there. Dont let your combat memories be confused with the citizens of Iraq

    May 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David L Freedman

    Mike, It's not hatred. It's reality and most of us are sick of it already.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Read-in

    This violence is not the will of Iraqi people nor the will of Americans nor is it the will of Allah. It is the will of misinformed Aqaida miscreatants who think they are killing as a favor to God. They find homeless children and the retarded in thinking and they brainwash them to strap a bomb around their waist. They think they are doing God's will but are only satisfying their lusts for power and money. Because they believe the lies they are taught, they are in reality far from God and have no love in themselve, although in their own minds they believe they are holy. The only way to stop them is to stop the spread of their lies with the real truth.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A Soldier

    Thank you all for your lovely comments. I'm a soldier in Tal Afar, I had to put those people that were scattered " a piece here and a piece there" back together. These were innocent children playing a game. Maybe you wont see them lying there injured when you go to sleep tonight, but i will. Most soldiers support the mission we are performing here, we see how much we have helped these people first hand. And it tears our hearts out when innocent lives are lost. So thank you for taking there situation seriously.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Religion of peace.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Mac

    Wow, to me The Iraq War is more important then Afganistan.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. american citizen in SC.

    It looks to me like we've exported the exact same type of government we have.....dysfunctional, partisan, divided by religion, regionalism, terrorisam and oil. Looks just like home!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Mac

    All they need is a McDonald's and Walmart. Then all the Iraq's can have a good life like we do! It’s a shame they keep ruining it by blowing each other up.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Mac

    Maybe it's time we treat the Iraq's like adults and put the blame on them, not on G.W.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tmed

    thank you A Soldier for doing a duty most ppl would not dare. but really how can we help people who don't care anything about life? a question that truly can not be answered. the muslims that are for peace need to step up for themselves and their country and their religon and get rid of of the muslims that are for killing themselves for god...to me they are both cowards. just sayin'

    May 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snacula

    Keep up the good work, and hopefully, you all will kill each other without our help. Note to Obama: bring home the troops and let Iraq kill itself off.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Read-in

    It's frustrating to read about another blast in Iraq. It's easy to blame the Iraqi people, saying they can't get their stuff together. It's partly their fault and it's not necessarily all their fault. The Iraq government and its people do work with the Americans for a better Iraq, and they are trying to root out the terrorists, but it only take a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch. The bad apple is al Queada, Iran, Syria and other states that sponsor terrorist in Iraq. Neither Syria nor Iran want a successful democratic Iraq; otherwise, their own populations will wonder why their countries are not democratic and rise up against their leaders. So they support terrorists with money, weapons, people for their own reasons. Meanwhile Al Queda knows that it can terrorize the Iraqi people while the Americans are still there, because the U.S. uses due process and proper law procedures. When the Americans finally pull out, Iraq will wipe Al Queda off the map because they will stop tiptoeing around and use tribal justice against Al Queda, which is a more effective solution.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big Mac

    The Iraq's need to help themselves. All we can do is police now. We gave them a chance at a good life, hopefully one day they will take it. God Bless America!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    To: A Soldier
    From: Mary

    Thank you for your touch of humanity. You have seen the faces of these people. I wish those who are posting such callous comments would open their eyes and see these victims for who they are – human beings in a war-torn country. Shame on those who see them merely as debris.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. some people are soooo rude!

    show some respect...it wouldn't be so funny if someone you cared about was injured in any way...

    May 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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