As the world focuses on places like Syria and Iran—if not also the debt limit/shutdown fiasco on Capitol Hill—sectarian violence continues to tear Iraq apart. In the past two days, as many as 40 people have been killed in at least eight separate attacks. On Monday, a wave of simultaneous bombings killed more than 30 people in Shia-dominated areas across Iraq. Tuesday, a bombing near a mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least eight Sunni worshipers. In all, more than 125 people were wounded. Reuters:
Insurgents usually intensify their attacks during religious holidays in Iraq, and security officials expect more violence over the coming days.More than 6,000 people have been killed in bloodshed so far this year as Sunni Islamist and other insurgents regain ground and momentum in an onslaught against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.
In the wake of similar attacks last month the BBC released a stunning graph showing that Iraq had already surpassed all prior years up to 2008 in civilian deaths in bombing attacks. The number of deaths has now surpassed 6,000 and may even top the 2008 death-toll of 6,787 by year’s end.