After Unusual Parallels, Where Is The Real Reason for the Iraq Violence?


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi survived an assassination attempt Thursday when unknown gunmen shot and wounded him.

The prime minister was immediately rushed to a hospital in Baghdad, where he was expected to recover. A car bomb attacked Baghdad International Airport, where Mr. Abadi’s convoy was passing at the time, as well as a police headquarters, wounding nearly 100 people.

According to Iraqi security officials, masked gunmen walked up to the two motorcade vehicles, including one in which Mr. Abadi was sitting, and opened fire with automatic weapons.

Iraqi News, the country’s state television network, reported that all four gunmen were killed, including one of them at the spot where Mr. Abadi was shot. A separate car bomb also exploded at the compound of Baghdad International Airport.

Officials said the coordinated attacks took place about 8:30 p.m. In another attack, which occurred shortly after the motorcade attacks, a mortar shell exploded in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, and neighboring Basra, according to the BBC.

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