95 killed in Baghdad blasts

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Baghdad Blasts
Baghdad, Aug 20: Six blasts rocked the Iraq capital killing 95 and injuring nearly 560 people on Thursday, Aug 20.

Weeks after the US had pulled out its troops, a culpable Iraq witnessed six explosions all around the city targeting even the government buildings.

"We must face the facts. We must admit our mistakes, just as we celebrate our victories," Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari told a group of US and Iraqi military officials.

The bombings may also deter companies, which now see Iraq as a promising market since it shows the country's instability.

A truck bomb shattered the windows of the foreign ministry building as dozens were blown off.

"The windows of the foreign ministry shattered, slaughtering the people inside. I could see ministry workers, journalists and security guards among the dead," said Asia, a ministry employee.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called said that the attacks were aimed at "raising doubts about our armed forces, which have proven themselves very capable of confronting terrorists".

However, all do not agree.

"Today's attacks reveal a major deficiency and weakness of the security forces. They were organised and huge," said analyst Hameed Fadhel of Baghdad University.

The U S State Department spokesman Ian Kelly in Washington said that the patterns of these explosions resembled attacks of al Qaeda, who are considered as Sh'ite heretics and are said to be responsible for a series of blasts in the past two months.

"But I don't have any hard information by way of al Qaeda," he said.

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