The Obama Administration’s claims that security is “greatly improved” in Iraq and that the war ended last week took another serious blow today, when a series of coordinated attacks across the nation targeted security forces.
Though the casualty figures are still coming in and may change, at least 86 Iraqis, including a large number of security forces, were killed and 371 others were wounded in the attacks. The largest attacks were in Baghdad and Kut.
The attacks appeared to target security forces, including police in Kut and a police station parking lot in northern Baghdad. Other attacks hit checkpoints and near an army base in Mosul.
The attacks come just eight days after a massive attack against Army recruits in Baghdad which left 61 people dead. The inability of the Iraqi security forces to defend themselves, let alone the rest of Iraq, is raising growing concerns.
Iraq’s largest political bloc Iraqiya is said to have called an “emergency session” of parliament, though it is unclear when or even if this will happen. Iraq’s parliament has been in recess for over a month, holding only a brief session to swear members in and then recessing because no group has enough seats to form a government.