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String of explosions rocks Iraqi capital

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 15, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.

BAGHDAD — Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.

In the city center, a car bomb killed 10 and wounded 21. After nightfall, another explosion hit the area, killing two and wounding five. The third went off near a falafel shop in the city's sprawling Sadr City district, killing three and wounding seven.

Baghdad has seen an escalation in suicide and car bombings in recent months, mostly targeting Shiite neighborhoods or security forces.

The police and hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 15, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.

let this place go to hell in a hand basket, is is a civil war and we don't need to spend another dollar or risk an American life in this shi*t*hole.

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KCSAP says... June 15, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.

I thought Obama was going to end the wars RESPONSIBLY! Well we now see what has been so evident since WWII, but somehow Mr. Responsible (Obama) couldn't see. That is that we must remain in a conflict area for a number of years after the conflict ends to ensure that our blood and treasure are not wasted (e.g. Japan, Germany, the Philippines, and Korea). Obama provides us the foolhardy type of critical thinking we get when we elect die hard liberals and not issue tested leaders.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 15, 2014 at 10:57 p.m.

KCSAP is so ignorant that he does not know that Bush negotiated the total withdrawal time frame and troop withdrawal in Iraq.

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Reason says... June 16, 2014 at 4:27 a.m.

The 2008 Status of Forces Agreement:
Agreement signed in Baghdad on this 17th day of November, 2008 by George W Bush. Effective January 1, 2009.

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1. All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.
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Obama negotiated for 1 year to amend the withdrawal and the Iraqi parliament refused immunity for American troops in Iraqi courts.
Obama refused to keep troops there without immunity.

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The Bush document agreement also promises that the United States will rebuild them a nation.
George W Bush paid for all this with 4,424 American lives and 31,942 injures plus lives loss in Afghanistan, plus trillions of tax payer dollars.

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KCSAP says... June 16, 2014 at 5:58 a.m.

You really should read before you speak. The inability to gain a status of forces agreement was all Obama, but that what libs do.

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Reason says... June 16, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.

KCSAP: Pretty sure that I can read and the document was signed just before Obama became president. You can read it here. Bush promises Iraq the kitchen sink.
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graphics8.nytimes. com/packages/pdf/world/20081119_SOFA_FINAL_AGREED_TEXT.pdf

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Pobucker says... June 16, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.

What in the hell does any of this have to do with how we should respond to the circumstances in Iraq? At least FSM had a plan - let'em stew in their own feces.
Are we just protecting the O's skinny arse by dragging out the old "Bush" demon? Deflection? smells like it.

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Reason says... June 16, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

Po: I wouldn't know what you are hallucinating on today. Tell us again why we went into Iraq? Are you now saying the WMDs are back? Or are we supposed to fight their civl wars that has been going on for centuries? Not sure that Obama owes the Saudis that much.
I figure that Obama will go in with some planned air strikes. Much better than just dropping bombs recklessly, don't ya think. He's not much for that republican knee jerk reaction stuff but you guys feel free to lace up your little boots and plant them right over there. We'll be right cheer.

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 16, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.

Bush made dire mistakes that will have ramification for many, many years to come. I do not say this because Bush is a republican. Lyndon Johnson made simulair mistakes in Vietnam by listening to generals telling him , that if we only would send more troops and carpet bomb Hanoi we could win, we did that, we lost. The difference is Iraq is in a much more volatile part of the world both strategically and religiously. Saddam was who kept a Shiite caliphate from forming Iran to Syria which may happen now. Remember, the domino theory did not pan out in southeast Asia like we were told would happen if Vietnam fell. Oh, why can we not learn from the past?

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Pobucker says... June 16, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Reason refuses to talk about what we can do NOW, insisting we simply flagellate ourselves with the oft-used "We're doomed because of George Bush" rhetoric. He has nothing more to offer. FSM chimes in with the chorus. LOL
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I am sick of the "Blame America First" crowd.

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