• Iraq: Car Bomb Inside Green Zone is Bad News

    November 28, 2011

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq, Military, Other Ideas

    Of the two large explosions (so far) today in Iraq, it is the one that killed fewer people that is the most significant.

    The more deadly blast took place when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near the main entrance of Hout prison in Taji north of Baghdad as family members gathered to visit inmates. An interior ministry official said 13 people were killed and 28 wounded by the blast.

    It is generally a bad thing when bad guys can get an explosive-laden car that close to a government facility… which is why the second attack matters more.

    An Iraqi member of parliament was wounded and at least two other people were killed in an explosion near parliament in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone. A defence ministry official said three people were killed and four wounded by an explosion in a parliament parking area, but said that “it is not clear if it was a car bomb or a mortar shell.”

    Liz Sly, a long-time Baghdad veteran reporter for the Washington Post, confirmed via Twitter that it was a car bomb.

    The importance of the event is that a car bomber made it into the Green Zone, bypassing whatever passes for Iraqi security there these days. Hot times to come for the World’s Largest Embassy (c) there in the Zone.

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