March 19 - Over a dozen bombs ripped through Shi’ite districts of Baghdad and other areas Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people, in coordinated attacks that illustrated the violence and political feuding in Iraq ten years after a US-led invasion. Mana Rabiee reports.
A deadly anniversary in Iraq. More than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts ripped through Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad and other areas Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people. It happened on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq and left at least 160 more wounded. The attacks illustrate the routine violence and political feuds, between Shi'ites, Sunni and Kurdish factions, which continue to plaque the country. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GHALI AL-ATWANI, JOURNALIST, SAYING: "Nothing has changed in Iraq. There was Saddam's dictatorship before, but now there is a collective dictatorship in Iraq. What has changed in Iraq?" Many here say they haven't seen any of the benefits they were promised when Western coalition forces swept Saddam Hussein from power in 2003. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BAGHDAD RESIDENT SHROUQ, SAYING: "The Americans did not do anything. They granted freedom to Iraq, what freedom are they talking about?" No group has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks but security officials say al-Qaeda linked insurgents have been regrouping in Iraq's vast desert of Anbar province. Meanwhile, the conflict next door in Syria is whipping up Iraq's already volatile mix.