how are things going in our great experiments in middle east intervention?


At least 34 people have been killed in series of bomb attacks across Iraq, several of which targeted mainly Shia districts of Baghdad, officials say.

Eleven blasts in the space of an hour in the capital left 23 people dead and more than 100 others injured.

Bomb attacks also killed at least 10 people in the northern city of Kirkuk.

Iraq has seen a sharp increase in sectarian violence in recent weeks amid growing tension between minority Sunni Arabs and the Shia-led government.

Although the violence is less deadly than that seen during the heights of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, it is the most widespread since the US military withdrawal in 2011. More than 700 people were killed in April.


A car bomb has exploded outside a major hospital in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more, according to official sources.

Witnesses and an official said that the bomb struck the car park of the city’s emergency Al-Jala hospital on Monday afternoon.

Earlier estimates for the dead were as high as 15.

The AFP news agency said at least 30 people had been wounded.

But, hey, the car bomb in Benghazi may have been “accidental,” in the sense that somebody wanted to intentionally car-bomb a different place. Progress!

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