‘A swimming pool of blood.’

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A wave of bombings in Iraq kill up to 200 people, including 140 who perished when a car bomb ripped through a market in the largely-Shia Sadriya district. A similar attack on the same market this past February resulted in the deaths of 135 people. In other (more positive) news, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki announced that Iraq forces will inherit the quagmire take over security operations in all provinces by the end of this year.

What, no applause?

Update: More from Hilzoy, who points to this CNN article reporting that al-Maliki has issued an arrest warrant for a “top army officer” as a result of “the weakness of security measures put in place to protect civilians in al-Sadriya”.

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