Bombings kill at least 69 in Iraq

The military is speculating that AQ in Iraq is behind the violence, but our old friend Moqtada al-Sadr has warned against the US staying beyond the January 1, 2012 deadline and his Iranian backed militia may be trying to ratchet up sectarian violence again. CNN: It was the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months, taking place on the halfway mark of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan "Today's attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on Aug. 25," said Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq. Officials believe the attacks last year were perpetrated by al Qaeda in Iraq "to shake the public's confidence in the capabilities of the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) to defend this country," but it is too early to speculate about Monday's attacks, Funaro said. A jihadist website Monday had a post praising the attacks against "Shiites, Christians, and the apostate Awakening Councils." The post...(Read Full Post)