Iraq and the terror of war

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Today’s truck bomb in Baghdad has killed well over a hundred people.

In our media, it becomes just another bomb attack in Iraq – a conflict that bores us these days. Well, to jog your memory, here’s a list of major bomb attacks in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein:

  • Aug. 19, 2003 – A truck bomb wrecks U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people, including U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.
  • Aug. 29, 2003 – A car bomb kills at least 83 people, including top Shi’ite Muslim leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim, at the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf.
  • Feb. 1, 2004 – 117 people are killed when two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Arbil at the offices of the two main Kurdish factions in northern Iraq.
  • Feb. 10, 2004 – Suicide car bomb rips through a police station in Iskandariya, south of Baghdad, killing 53.
  • Feb. 11, 2004 – Suicide car bomb explodes at an Iraqi army recruitment centre in Baghdad, killing 47.
  • March 2, 2004 – 171 people are killed in twin attacks in Baghdad and Kerbala.
  • Dec. 19, 2004 – A suicide car bomb blast in Najaf, 300 metres from the Imam Ali shrine, kills 52 and wounds 140.
  • Feb. 28, 2005 – A suicide car bomb attack in Hilla, south of Baghdad, kills 125 people and wounds 130. It was postwar Iraq’s worst single blast.
  • July 16, 2005 – A suicide bomber in a fuel truck near a Shi’ite mosque in the town of Mussayib, near Kerbala, kills 98.
  • Sept. 14, 2005 – A suicide bomber kills 114 people and wounds 156 in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad.
  • Sept. 29, 2005 – 98 people are killed in three coordinated car bomb attacks in the mixed Shi’ite and Sunni town of Balad.
  • Nov. 18, 2005 – At least 74 people are killed and 150 wounded when suicide bombers blow themselves up inside two Shi’ite mosques in Khanaqin.
  • Jan. 5, 2006 – Two suicide bombers kill over 120 people and wound more than 200 in the cities of Kerbala and Ramadi. Fifty-three were killed and 148 wounded in Kerbala and 70 killed and 65 wounded in Ramadi.
  • July 1, 2006 – A car bomb attack at a crowded market in Sadr city, a Shi’ite district of eastern Baghdad, kills 62 and wounds 114. The Supporters of the Sunni People, a previously unknown Iraqi Sunni Muslim group claim responsibility.
  • July 18, 2006 – Fifty-nine people are killed by a suicide bomb in Kufa, near Najaf, in an attack claimed by al Qaeda.
  • Aug. 10, 2006 – Thirty-five people are killed and 90 injured by bomb blasts near the Imam Ali shrine in southern city of Najaf. The Jamaat Jund al-Sahaba (Soldiers of the Prophet’s Companions) group claims responsibility.
  • Nov. 23, 2006 – Six car bombs in different parts of the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad kill 202 people and wound 250.
  • Dec. 12, 2006 – A suicide bomber kills 70 people and wounds at least 236 in Tayran Square, in central Baghdad after luring a crowd of labourers to his vehicle with promises of work.
  • Jan. 16, 2007 – A car bomb and suicide bomber strike the Mustansiriya University in central Baghdad killing at least 70 people and wounding 180.
  • Jan. 22, 2007 – A double car bombing at a second-hand goods market in Bab al-Sharji, a busy commercial area in central Baghdad, kills 88 people and wounds 160.
  • Feb. 1, 2007 – Two suicide bombers blow themselves up at a crowded market in Shi’ite town of Hilla, killing 61 people and wounding 150.
  • Feb. 3, 2007 – Truck bomb kills 105 people and wounds 225 in a busy market in central Baghdad.

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