13 killed in Baghdad bombings claimed by ISIS

At least 21 people were killed when two suicide bombers attacked two Bagdad checkpoints Thursday.


No responsibility has been claimed for the deadly attacks. In both attacks, the bombers approached the checkpoints on foot and then detonated the explosive vests they were wearing, reports said.

Many blame the current chronic instability, cycle of violence, and the emergence of extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) on the US, which invaded Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of seeking to destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country.

The second bomber hit in al-Wathba Square, killing nine people, including four policemen, and wounding 31, AP reported.

Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops.

An additional 47 people were injured when assailants struck popular market streets in two majority-Shiite Muslim areas of the Iraqi capital, according to an official from Iraq’s Ministry of Interior.

Through the first eight months of 2015, the level of violence has remained roughly the same, but with Iraqi security forces accounting for a much higher percentage of the total.


IS has carried out numerous suicide bombings and other attacks against civilian and government targets in and around Baghdad.

Baghdad Police and civilians stand at the site of a suicide bomb attack on Thursday.—AFP