IRAQ: Bombings escalate now that they know Obama won't do anything about it

Three powerful car bombs shook Baghdad today, targeting hotels frequented by Westerners and businessmen.

The death toll from the blasts currently stands at  3 dead and over 70 wounded and is expected to rise, according to Iraqi police. The coordinated attacks began with an explosion at the compound which houses both the Ishtar Sheraton and the Palestine hotels at around 3:40 this afternoon, Baghdad time.

This was swiftly followed by explosions at the Babylon and al Hamra hotels. The Babylon is a popular haunt for Iraqi businessmen while the al Hamra has been home to many Western journalists since the Iraq invasion in 2003. ABC NEWS

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