Death toll rises from “cowardly” Baghdad bombings

Feb 29, 2016

Photo credit: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

By The Associated Press

In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to 73 on Monday, officials said.

Several of the critically wounded died overnight while 112 people remain in hospital, two police officials said. Also, at least five people were still missing after the blast that ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, followed by a suicide bombing amid the crowd that had quickly gathered at the site to help the victims.

Three medical officials confirmed the latest death toll, which rose from the toll of 59 reported late Sunday. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, called on security forces to “exert further efforts to prevent the terrorists from carrying out their crimes against innocent civilians.”


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  • @OP – In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to 73 on Monday, officials said.

    The woo-heads of ISIS can runaround causing death and destruction, but they have nothing to offer in the way of governing skills or resource management!

    Wherever they go there there are disruptions and system failures in services to the population. Quranic “science” is useless in the modern world!

    This one looks like a serious threat.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35690616

    The US embassy in Baghdad has warned the risk of the Mosul Dam collapsing is “serious and unprecedented” and has urged people to be ready to evacuate.

    Maintenance work was disrupted after the dam was briefly seized by militants from so-called Islamic State in 2014.

    If the dam burst, floodwaters could kill 1.47 million Iraqis living along the River Tigris, the embassy said.

    Iraq’s prime minister has said precautions are being taken, but that such a scenario is “highly unlikely”.

    The dam, Iraq’s largest has suffered from structural flaws since its completion in 1984, with the water constantly eating away at the soluble gypsum base on which it is built.

    To counter the erosion, engineers need to drill holes in the gypsum and fill them with a cement grout mixture six days a week.

    IS only controlled the dam for 11 days, but many of the people working at the dam did not return after it was recaptured and regular maintenance did not resume.

    Some models estimate that Mosul, which has been controlled by IS since June 2014, could be inundated by as much as 21m (70ft) of water within one to four hours of a catastrophic breach.

    Much of the territory projected to be damaged by a dam breach is contested or controlled by IS, which the embassy said would likely mean a directed evacuation was unlikely and that some people might not be able to escape.

    The embassy said it welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s commitment to undertake all necessary measures to finalise and implement a contract signed with the Italian engineering firm Trevi Group in order to address the structural integrity of Mosul Dam.

    Some 450 Italian troops will be deployed to protect the dam during the urgent repair work, which is expected to take 18 months.



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