Baghdad bomb blasts kill 18, wound 37-sources
"Two bombs exploded in northeastern Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding 37 others, police and hospital sources said."
"I stood outside my shop and saw burning cars and dead bodies on the ground," said Ahmed Jalil, 27, a grocery owner near the attack site in Ur, a Shiite neighborhood in northeast Baghdad. "The situation was miserable and I could see wounded people being loaded on police pickups,"
Two police officials said the first explosion, at a music store shortly after 7 p.m., killed two people. The second bomb struck four minutes later, as rescue workers and others rushed to the scene, the officials said.
"Today's attack proves that the government's allegations that the security is under control are nothing but baseless allegations and that the tens of checkpoints scattered all over the capital are useless and a waste of resources," Jalil said
Iraqi and U.S. officials failed to come up with an agreement to protect American military personnel who stayed from legal prosecution, last week, Obama announced that all troops would withdraw on time as initially planned."
"The United States has paid a terrible cost—some $850 billion and more than 4,400 dead American soldiers—to make Iran the most influential power in Iraq."
No one should have been surprised that a new Shiite-led government in Baghdad would be far friendlier than Saddam’s Sunni-dominated regime toward Shiite Iran
The mullahs were secretly thrilled that Washington obligingly removed not only a hated adversary, one who had waged a bloody war against Iran in the 1980s, but also eliminated Iraq as the principal strategic counterweight to Iranian power.
For neoconservatves to argue that the withdrawal of the few thousand remaining U.S. troops from Iraq significantly worsens that aspect is either obtuse or disingenuous. If they didn’t want Iran to gain significant influence in the region, they should have thought of that danger in 2002 and early 2003
The red-carpet treatment accorded Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Baghdad in March 2008 confirmed what had long been obvious to non-neocon observers of the region. (See: The Iran Symbol, The Falsifiers and the Republican Prophecy )
As soon as President Obama announced that negotiations with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to keep a sizable number of U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the end of 2011 had failed, neoconservative pundits went wild.
Most of them either ignore the point or barely mention it in passing that George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, signed the agreement to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2011."
And you see what a failure, to Israel (lost & found) propaganda
"Clinton said she was aware that many people around the world were skeptical about U.S. charges"
This month that Iran was tied to a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador, but said she believed Washington had a strong case.
"I taught criminal law some years ago. It's a very strong case. It certainly raises the right questions and I think it will be a successful case,"
she told the BBC."
However much the hyping of the alleged plot involving the DEA informant and the Iranian-American used car salesman in Texas may have been motivated by a desire to look tough on Iran
"An interesting report by an independent Tehran-based journalist who uses the pseudonym Yasaman Baji describes the “deep and complex nationalist feelings” the story is stimulating among Iranians. A more specific consequence is to increase the credibility of the Iranian regime and to reduce that of the United States.
“For the first time since the disputed 2009 election,” writes Baji, “both supporters and opponents of the government are responding in similar fashion, voicing considerable scepticism about the charges and questioning U.S. intentions and objectives regarding Iran.”
All of this is a complication for pro-democracy forces inside Iran. One active member in the Green Movement said the work of Iranian oppositionists had become much more difficult because they had to
“Fight for freedom and democracy inside the country and against foreign threats in the international arena.”
As the curse continues
A number of gunmen attacked a foreign troop base in southern Kandahar province on Thursday
"A clash between the militants and security forces is continuing, a local official said, those in the area said they heard several blasts. The police dispersed people from the area.
The attack started about 2.00 pm local time when the gunmen stormed a building near the base of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, local police officials said."
With 100% accuracy inside the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers