Baghdad blasts bedevil Biden

Three bombings near mosques in central and northern Baghdad on Nov. 13 killed two people—hours after US Vice President Joe Biden arrived for meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other senior officials. One bomb exploded near the Husseiniya Shi’ite mosque in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, killing one and wounding four. Another went off near the Abdel Qadir Gilani Sunni mosque, also in the city center, killing one and wounding five. A third exploded near al-Assaf, a Sunni mosque in Adhamiyah in the north of Baghdad, wounding four.

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    A car bomb at a funeral tent in a Shi’ite area of Baghdad killed some 50 and wounded at least 70 more on Jan. 27. Angry mourners hurled stones at police who rushed to the scene, accusing them of failing to provide protection. (AFP, Jan. 29; BBC News, Jan. 27)