The below-linked article includes nothing but bad news from Iraq (big surprise, I know). But the major headline out of this: someone managed to pass a bomb past security at a big-wig convention in Baghdad, killed 12 people and tagged the Iraqi VP:
Insurgents bombed Iraq’s Ministry of Municipalities building as top Iraqi officials gathered there Monday morning for a celebration, Iraqi officials said.
The attack killed at least 12 people and wounded 42 others, including Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi, the officials said.
Mahdi, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq — a powerful Shiite political group — suffered minor injuries to his hand and leg in the blast, SCIRI spokesman Haithem al-Husseini told CNN.
Don’t tell me there wasn’t someone on the insurgent payroll doing security at this gig. This is huge and either represents a breathtaking failure of security in the middle of Baghdad or a daring infiltration of security in the middle of Baghdad. Either option is bad, but the second one seems more likely, given what we know of the situation there.
powered by performancing firefox