At Least 50 Killed In Wave Of Iraq Attacks
February 23, 2012
At least 50 people were reported killed and more than 200 were wounded in a wave of bombing and shooting attacks across Iraq
Most of the violence, which appears to have been coordinated by the attackers, occurred in Baghdad, where at least six separate attacks were reported on the morning of February 23.
Deadly attacks were also reported in other Iraqi cities, including Baquba, Kirkuk, and Mosul.
The violence comes amid tensions between Iraq's Shi'ite-led government and the country's minority Sunni community, which has intensified since an arrest warrant was issued for the highest-ranking Sunni politician, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, on charges he commanded death squads, and after U.S. combat troops pulled out of the country late last year.
Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa
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