Iraqi Attacks Come On Deadly Anniversary

February 12, 2007

The scenes of bloodshed in Baghdad mark a grim anniversary.

One year ago on the Muslim lunar calendar, militants bombed the
Shiite Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra, touching off wave after wave of sectarian attacks and turning Baghdad into a battleground.

Monday's attacks killed at least 80. Most died when a pair of car bombs
exploded near a market in Baghdad. A second attack nearby killed at
least 9.

With insurgents behind much of the violence the Bush administration is
trying to back up its claim that Iran is providing weapons to the Shiite
militias and helping militants target American forces.

Senior military officials briefed reporters in Iraq Sunday on the condition that their names not be used. They said, the construction of the deadly roadside bombs used against US forces has been traced to
Iran.

But a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry rejected that claim, arguing, the US has a long history of fabricating evidence and such charges are unacceptable.

Iran's president says, his country is opposed to the bloodshed in Iraq and he thinks the problems there should be solved with dialogue not military force.

But on the streets of Baghdad many are wondering when that dialogue
will start. With more US forces deployed in the capital and no sign of a let up in the daily bloodshed.


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