December 22nd, 2011
01:48 AM ET

Wave of bombings strike Iraqi capital amid political unrest

Baghdad (CNN) - A wave of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 26 people and wounded at least 60, raising fears about the stability of the country amid political upheaval that threatens to undo Iraq's government just days after U.S. troops withdrew from the country.

The explosions - four car bombs and ten roadside bombs - occurred within two hours of one another, targeting residential, commercial and government districts in the Iraqi capital, two police officials told CNN.

The violence comes a day after Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the stakes with political rivals, who have accused him of being a "dictator" and consolidating his power over Iraq's security forces by refusing to appoint defense and interior ministers.

Al-Maliki has demanded Iraq's Kurdish leaders hand over the country's Sunni vice president, who is wanted on charges he organized death squads that targeted government and military officials.

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  1. Tcr c2

    Do what ever it takes to bring peace to these poor people. And the gov says the war is over ?its just beginning for them it coming down to an all out war between the entire middle east. And once again we leave behind the afternath of nathing accomplished ,but saddam husein gone what good does that do if we still have iran,syria to deal with next? Its only going to get worse now if someone does not enterveen in time , those nukes will be flying within just a few years ,god help us! We need to stop fooling around with these countries and just let them solve their own problems. But it seems every time we get involved all hell breaks loose over there so it looks like there is no solution, twice weve been to iraq but have accomplished ine thing, saddam insane is gone but thats it!

    December 22, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Franny

    This Country has Religious tribes that have been fighting for hundreds if not thousands of years. We shouldn't have gone to Iraq in the first place, and certainly need to leave these people alone.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      religious tribes that have been fighting for centuries if not thousands of years? you're gonna have to cite that because i'm pretty sure you just wrote your own history there. iraq, baghdad, kabul...were all places of beautiful scenery, folklore, markets, academics...until colonialsm drew (literally) them apart.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerry Frey

    Why was George Bush compelled to invade Iraq, if there were no WMDs?

    Find out in seconds. 

    December 22, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    I already said if we wasnt prepared to leave a stabilizing force there we shouldnt have went!

    December 22, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Here we go again...more of the endless religious and tribal bloodletting that has been part of their way of life there for centuries. This was easily predicted and we clearly should have never been into that mess to start with. There is no way to get these primitive cultures into 21st century "manners". If we'd have had our troops in there it likely would have been they who were killed and injured in this latest violent spate. We ain't seen nothin' yet...they just can't get with the program so let them fight it out without US!

    December 22, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    First we should have NEVER gone there! 2nd we should have LEFT as soon as we got saddam! 3rd it makes NO difference if we would have left troops there for 20yrs.! ALL of these countries history shows nothing but religious sect fighting & killing of each other. 4th lets not forget that we were basically TROWN OUT, and told we were not welcome by the IRAQ government. And then, of course, we celebrated when the last troops left Iraq, and read yesterday that troops were being redeployed to Afganistan! ANOTHER country that is a waste of time!

    December 22, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phildo

    Is anyone surprised by this? I'm not. FT. Let them all fight it out without us!

    December 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Drone

    Who cares...they want to be on their let them do what they do best.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |