Blasts Kill 20 in Sadr City As Surge in Bombings Continues

Bombers again targeted a Shi’ite neighborhood in the capital. It is the fourth day in the last week that Baghdad has seen unusual activity. Meanwhile, the U.S. will no longer announce U.S.-to-Iraq base transfers, in order to end what they believe is related insurgent activity. Across the country attacks left 26 dead and 53 wounded.

Although the U.S. military has been staging public base transfers to assure Iraqis that the U.S. is indeed drawing down, U.S. officials said today that they would no longer give advance news of the transfers. They believe insurgents have been using such occasions to stage attacks. Only 22 occupied bases remain, but at one time there were over 500 locations in U.S. hands.

Four bombs exploded in Sadr City‘s late today, killing 20 and wounding 48 others. The first blast drew first responders to a second more powerful explosion. Elsewhere in Baghdad, gunmen killed a policeman in the Yarmouk district.

Two people were killed and five more were wounded in Falluja when a roadside bomb blasted a police officer’s car.

Police killed an al-Qaeda suspect in Shirqat, another town that has seen unusual activity lately. One soldier was killed in a bombing.

A civilian was shot to death in Mosul.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.