July 5th, 2011
07:07 AM ET

At least 35 killed in twin explosions near Baghdad

[Updated at 7:07 a.m] At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a twin bombing near a local government building just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a police official said.

The attack, which took place in Taji, began with a car bomb followed by a roadside bomb.

Among the casualties are police officers, the official said. Authorities fear the numbers will rise.

While violence has dramatically dropped since the height of sectarian violence a few years ago that nearly tore the country apart, attacks and bombings remain a daily occurrence.

The recent increase in attacks pushed June's death toll to the highest this year for Iraqi security forces and civilians. More than 270 people, including 155 civilians, were killed in attacks, Iraqi authorities said.

Fourteen U.S. soldiers were also killed in combat-related incidents in June, the largest loss of life among U.S. troops in Iraq since 2008, according to CNN figures.

The roughly 47,000 American troops in Iraq are due to withdraw by January 1, 2012, under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, though Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is consulting with lawmakers over whether to request troops stay beyond the deadline.

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  1. Frank

    People of the United States of America and Iraq.
    These bombings are going to continue indefinitely as long as both political groups struggle for power.The body count will just keep going higher.As long as Americans are not being killed it all needs to play out.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Frank, the only way to stop all this violence is to divide Iraq into three different states. First by giving the north to the Kurds, second by giving the south to the Shiite Muslims and finally, by giving the west to the Sunnis. This is now the only sensible solution to the Iraqi problem by try selling that to the idiots in Washington!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      The above is one of the most sensible posts I've seen here yet. Thank you, Joey.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    So much for our "most glorious victory" in Iraq that both the right-wing news media and the right-wing politicians keep on bragging about. It sure doesn't appear so "glorious" to me!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/08/18/memory-against-forgetting/

    July 5, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trollie McTrollenstein

    I think the most sensible thing to do is just ignore that whole area of the world. They obviously enjoy going back and forth killing eachother. They have been doing it for how many thousands of years now? Everybody else just needs to leave and let them do their thing.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    If Iraq were to be divided into three seperate states, would we not be seeing warring states rather than this religious infighting that we've been seeing for decades? And who would be tasked with arming each state? I guess we could clone three Rumsfeld's or something. He was pretty good at arming madmen.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Yeah. The country that consumes most of the world's oil is going to ignore the area where most of the world's oil is located. What next. Coffee drinkers ignore Columbia?

    July 5, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    I'm sorry for my mistake about the world's oil. Actually Russia, Canada and Mexico provide most of America's oil along with South America. Forgive my lie.. Err my mistake.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    True. The USA has never been reliant on middle-eastern oil, never purchasing more than 6.75% of our oil from the middle-east in any given calendar year. However, even though China produces 53% of their own oil, the rest mostly comes from the middle-east. Note that we are reliant on China-goods, and to keep prices down at Wal-Mart, US troops will and have been securing China's oil supply.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    ...and fakey Philip forgot to mention Venezuela and east Africa. He/she also forgot to mention Brazil, where the US government is investing in offshore oil ventures to replace the millions of barrels we buy from Venezuela each day. Why? Because once Iran is occupied, Venezuela is next.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trollie McTrollenstein

    Man, and here I was thinking it was all about the worlds supply of sand.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Watcher

    @Trollie McTrollenstein: It is, man! Oil is a lie! The Tri-Government Conglomerate has secret underground Sand Fusion Reactors set up! They turn sand into the worlds gold! Its Neo-Alchemy! The heads of The Conglomerate are 500 year old Jews! One of the by-products of sand fusion gives you immortality! Get educated, man! We can all live forever if we stand up and make them share!

    July 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzz

    @ fake Philip , it's a lost cause to imatate philip , no way LOL give it up, he is one of a kind and *NO one* will ever touch him.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Philip? He is my creator and I bow to his will. Hint: don't touch him unless you want to go all the way. A sodomite found that out the hard way back in '88)

    July 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rogue

    I think the only solution is to nuke the whole region and let God sort it out. Eliminate the Middle East as an oil rich territory. Close down all Walmarts, thus decreasing our independence on China. Reform our labor laws so we can make it possible for consumer goods to be made, and well, in the the USA. Allow exploratory drilling in Alaska and areas of extreme North America where oil has been detected. Put a Great Wall of China across our southern border, but allow seasonal work visas to allow immigrant workers. Spend tax payer moneys on infrastructure and the health and educational systems.

    July 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |