Sunday: 107 Killed, 484 Wounded; Hashemi Condemned to Death
Updated at 3:59 p.m. EDT, Sept. 9, 2012
The deaths of at least 107 Iraqis in seemingly coordinated attacks eclipsed
the expected but still shocking news that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has
been sentenced to death by a Baghdad criminal court. Another 484 Iraqis were
wounded in the violence, which occurred even deep into southern Iraq where
such bloodshed is rare. One attack took place at a French consulate in Nasariya.
Although some of the attacks occurred earlier than the sentencing announcement,
it cannot be ruled out that several of the later attacks were in response to
it. Surges in violence have accompanied significant points in the Hashemi trial,
and the evening attacks targeted Shi’ite neighborhoods in Baghdad. Hashemi is
The fugitive vice president was sentenced to death
in what many believe
was a rigged court decision. He has denied all allegations and insisted the
trial was part of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s intensified campaign to marginalize
Sunnis. The case was tried in absentia after Hashemi fled Iraq, first to Kurdistan
and later to Turkey. Both governments refused to hand Hashemi over.
Hashemi was first accused
of financing terrorist activities in December, curiously, just as U.S. troops
withdrew from Iraq. The first case, a bombing at the parliament building, turned out to be an
al-Qaeda operation instead, but the Maliki administration found another 150
cases to blame on Hashemi.
Today, he and his son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, were found
guilty for their involvement in the murders of a lawyer and security
official. Over a lack of evidence, a judge acquitted
Hashemi on a third murder charge. Defense lawyers re-iterated
their belief that Maliki had manipulated court proceedings against his
political rival and were promptly threatened by the court. If Hashemi returns
to Iraq, he is legally allowed
Unintentionally supporting Hashemi’s counter-allegations, Maliki had tried
to oust other senior Sunni politicians and ignited a political crisis that
is yet unresolved. Moreover, at least three of Hashemi’s employees died
while in detention, possibly tortured to death during interrogations. Hashemi
has frequently accused the Iraqi government of extricating all confessions in
the case through torture.
Meanwhile, violence took a heavy toll today. At least 107 people were killed
and 484 more were wounded across the country, even in relatively peaceful
Two car bombs left at least 18 dead
and over 110
wounded in Amara, overwhelming
hospitals and blood banks. The blasts occurred
just outside a Shi’ite shrine and a marketplace.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed
five people and wounded 38 more in Shula. Another bomb killed
seven people and wounded 21 in Washash. Three
people were killed and 14 more were wounded at a pet market in Hurriya.
A blast in the Husseiniya neighborhood left two
dead and eight wounded. One
civilian was killed and four more were wounded in Narhwan. Also,
to assassinate a Chaldean Christian leader.
people were killed and 20 more were wounded in a bombing attack in the Baghdad
suburb of Sadr City. Police fired into the air to disperse crowds.
people were killed and 24 more were wounded during an explosion in Basra.
A car bomb that exploded outside a French consulate
in Nasariya left one
guard dead and four more wounded; the consul was not home at the time. A
separate blast killed
two civilians and wounded three more. Also, gunmen killed a
In Kirkuk, the bombings resumed. Car and motorcycle bombs killed
seven people and wounded about 70, including one outside a police investigation
recruits were killed as they lined up for jobs as oil company police; at
least 30 were
wounded. The police chief was sacked.
Gunmen stormed a Dujail army base where they killed
11 soldiers and wounded seven more. A suicide
bomber was also involved.
A car bomb killed
four people and wounded
at least 49 more in Tuz Khormato; it may have been targeting
In greater Baquba, several blasts killed
one soldier and wounded 17 more.
people were killed and 11 more were wounded in an explosion in Taji.
In Madaen, a blast killed
three people and wounded 10 more.
soldiers and two gunmen were killed during clashes in Abu Ghraib.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a civilian. A bombing left seven wounded.
policemen were wounded in a separate blast in Zummar. In Kojily,
another blast left three more
policemen wounded. A grenade wounded
two civilians. A blast killed
one policeman and wounded another in eastern Mosul.
people were killed and seven more were wounded in a Tal Afar bombing
outside the Turkmen Front offices.
A blast in Ishaqi killed
two policemen and wounded two more as they were evaluating an explosive
were killed in Suleiman Pak during a blast.
In Riyadh, six
soldiers were wounded in a bombing.
were wounded in a blast in Hawija.
A sniper killed
a soldier in Falluja.
A blast in Bab Sinjar left seven
were wounded in a double bombing near an official’s home in Mandali.
Border guards killed a
smuggler near the Syrian border along Nineveh province.
A blast targeting a regiment leader took place in Bartila,
casualties were reported.
casualties were reported in a Samarra bombing.