Insurgents launch attacks in Baghdad

Sunni insurgents are countering “The Surge”. And now with rockets, chemical bombs and other new tactics.

Insurgents launch attacks in Baghdad | Top News | Reuters.com

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents’ defiance of efforts by U.S. and Iraqi forces to stabilize Baghdad persisted on Sunday with a series of car bombs and rocket attacks.

In a bold challenge to the security crackdown in the capital, regarded as a last chance to reverse Iraq’s descent into civil war, gunmen had stormed an Iraqi police checkpoint near Baghdad airport on Saturday, killing eight policemen.

On Sunday, rockets and mortar bombs crashed into a market in a Shi’ite area in southern Baghdad and there were conflicting reports about casualties, police said.

One police source said 10 people were killed in the attack in the Abu Dsher area of Doura neighborhood. Two other police sources said no more than three people had been wounded.

A car bomb killed one person and wounded four in central Baghdad, not far from the Iranian embassy, police said.

Police said the diplomatic mission did not appear to have been the target. The embassy compound was not damaged.

Another car bomb exploded along a commercial street in central Baghdad, in the Karrada district, sending a plume of black smoke into the air. One police source said four people were wounded while another said there were no casualties.

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