Iraqi VP Wounded, Many More Killed

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:

Iraqi VP wounded, 12 killed in bombing at ministry – CNN.com

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.

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