Aug 20 2011
Another barrage of terror attacks across Iraq, killing at least
84 92 and wounding more than 200, is eerily similar to the outbreak last year.
CNN – Some of the 21 reported bombings and shootings targeted police and security forces, while others targeted civilians. “Today’s attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large-scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on August 25,” said Maj. Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq.
Officials believe last year’s attacks were carried out by al Qaeda in Iraq “to shake the public’s confidence in the capabilities of the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) to defend this country.” A posting Monday on a jihadist website praised the attacks against “Shiites, Christians, and the apostate Awakening Councils.”
In recent months there has been an increase in attacks targeting civilians and U.S. and Iraqi security forces. Stuart Bowen, the U.S. official in charge of overseeing reconstruction in Iraq, said the country was more dangerous last month than it was the year before.