Iraqi forces may have aided deadly bombings

August 23, 2009 03:52


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Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said Saturday that the coordinated attack that killed more than 100 people, including dozens of his employees, in Baghdad on Wednesday may have been carried out with the complicity of Iraqi security forces. During a strikingly blunt news conference at the severely damaged Foreign Ministry, Zebari, a Kurd, accused Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government of acting with hubris in talking up its ability to protect citizens. "The operation was organized and planned for months," Zebari said. "I don't rule out that there was collaboration by the security forces." Two massive bombings wrecked the Foreign and Finance ministries early Wednesday morning, marking the deadliest day since the June 30 withdrawal of US troops from cities and the most devastating attack on government facilities since the 2003 US-led invasion.

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