63 Killed in Baghdad Attacks Amid Sectarian Tensions

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Iraqis inspect the damage after a wave of attacks in Baghdad killed at least 57 people on December 22, 2011. The apparently coordinated blasts were the first major sign of violence since US withdrew. Iraqis inspect the damage after a wave of attacks in Baghdad killed at least 57 people. (KHALIL AL-MURSHIDI/Getty)

At least 63 people were killed in Baghdad Thursday when a wave of 14 bombs exploded across the city. Over 185 people were injured. The attacks come only days after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq and during a deepening political crisis in the government. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, threatened to abandon a U.S.-backed power-sharing agreement. The crisis was prompted by accusations that Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a Sunni, had been running death squads.

Hashimi has since fled to the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan. Maliki has warned the Kurds that there would be "problems" if they did not hand Hashimi over.

Michael Wahid Hanna is a fellow at The Century Foundation. He discusses the mounting challenges to Iraq's stability.

Guests:

Michael Wahid Hanna

Produced by:

Shia Levitt

Comments [1]

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The obligatory dismal forecasts in the media for Iraq but sanguine hope for Egypt tells us more about domestic US politics than Middle-East politics.

Dec. 22 2011 09:23 AM

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