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Twin suicide car bombs kill 136 in Iraq

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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baghdad explosion on 25 oct 2009

In the worst attack this year, downtown Baghdad was hit by two suicide car bombs killing at least 136 people. The two bombs targeted the justice ministry and the Baghdad provincial administration, as Iraq prepares for January elections. The blasts were detonated just a few hundred metres from the American embassy’s “Green Zone”.  They exploded a few hours prior to a meeting between the heads of political parties and government officials which is aimed at a finding a compromise agreement on the election law for the upcoming poll. The street on which the blasts went off had only recently been reopened as a signal that the city was returning to a form of everyday safety. Although violence from sectarian tensions had dropped significantly, attacks such as these indicate one of Baghdad’s most secure areas could still be attacked with terrible effect. Officials warned the violence was designed to destabilise the country ahead of the elections. 
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  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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