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Iraq Invasion Anniversary Carnage: 98 Killed, over 240 Woundedby Margaret Griffis, March 19, 2013Print This | Share This A series of bombings and other attacks, apparently timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, rocked the country today. The violence focused on government buildings and gathering places in Shi’ite neighborhoods. The toll could have been far worse, however, as security forces claimed to have arrested dozens of militants and confiscated numerous bombs. Overall, at least 98 people were killed. Over 240 were also wounded, but not all those are listed below. Meanwhile, Moqtada al-Sadr suspended his bloc’s participation in parliament over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki challenging some of the assembly’s decisions in the courts. Also, next month’s provincial elections were postponed for six months in Anbar and Ninevah provinces.
The surge in violence also affected cities adjacent to or near the capital:
A mortar strike at a clinic in Taji
left two dead
An explosion targeting a police patrol in Baquba
struck a civilian car instead and killed a passenger
Further out from Baghdad, there was no let up in attacks:
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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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