At least 40 people were killed today in a pair of major coordinated car bombings in Baghdad, the first of a series of strikes across the nation that also wounded over a hundred others. Other bombings were reported across the nation, including one in Fallujah that killed another six.
The attacks mark the deadliest strike so far in September, as a relatively calm Ramadan has given way to a return to the high profile violence that typified July and August.
So far no one has claimed credit for the strikes, but locals condemned the government for failing to provide security, particularly in the capital city. Every major bombing has been followed with major new security restrictions and pledges that the same thing can’t happen again. Yet seemingly, it always does.
The killings are the clearest reminder yet that despite the Obama Administration’s claims that the war is over, Iraq remains a very dangerous place, one in which US troops remain engaged.