Today's Los Angeles Times reports:
"A carefully orchestrated suicide bombing Thursday in a crowded shopping district killed at least 68 Iraqi civilians and security officials and injured 120 people.
"The death toll was expected to rise overnight as hospitals in the capital struggled to contend with shrapnel and burn victims, many of them women and children enjoying an evening out at the start of the Muslim weekend.
"The bombing followed by three days an attack that killed 26 people in Baghdad's Bab al Muadam district and by a month suicide attacks against Shiite Muslim pilgrims that killed nearly 100 people.
"Thursday's assault raised fears of an upsurge in the kind of large-scale Sunni Arab attacks on Shiite Muslim civilians that inspired sectarian reprisals and pushed Iraq toward civil war in 2006.
"The bombing also showed the insurgents' ability to evade the most elaborate security precautions officials can employ to protect Iraqi civilians. It took place in the upscale Karada neighborhood along one of the capital's most tightly guarded urban corridors...." (LA Times)
According to the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence officials are considering keeping the next assessment of progress in Iraq a secret from us taxpayers. Something doesn't seem right here, given that we taxpayers are paying the bills. Apparently, accountability doesn't matter to some of the people who work for us.
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