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Few Americans took notice as yet another incident in an unending cascade of violence marred post-Saddam Iraq . . .

Blast Kills 20 Near Iraq Governor’s Home

Security personal targeted as they arrived for duty, official says

Image: Blast in Diwaniyah, Iraq
A security official inspects the scene of an attack outside the local governor’s home in Diwaniyah, Iraq. (Photo credit: AFP — Getty Images)

Updated June 21, 2011

BAGHDAD — At least 20 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a local governor’s house in central Iraq on Tuesday, officials said.

The attack occurred in Diwaniya city, about 95 miles south of Baghdad. …

A source at a hospital in Diwaniya said at least 20 people had been killed and more than 30 wounded in the attack.

Kareem Isghair, the head of the security committee of Diwaniya Provincial Council, said explosions targeted security personal as they were checking in for morning duty. …

Violence has increasingly targeted local security forces and provincial government officials as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from the country by a planned year-end deadline more than eight years after the invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

Diwaniya is a poor, mainly Shiite region and several of Iraq’s armed groups are active in the area.


Related report on this site

Devastating Blast Unnoticed (March 13, 2009)

Image: Family members of Suhaib Adnan mourn over his coffin
Family members of Suhaib Adnan, a TV reporter who was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, mourn during his funeral in Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. The devastating blast that killed 33 created few ripples in Iraq. (Photo credit: Loay Hameed / AP)


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — June 20, 2010

Iraq Election Violence Continues

Image: Car bomb attack
An Iraqi army soldier stands guard at the site of the car bomb attacks Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Baghdad. (Photo credit: Hadi Mizban / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit killed at least 33 people as insurgents tried to turn a monthslong deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — June 20, 2009

Bachmann Big Spender

Rep. Michele Bachmann sits in a chair.
Rep. Michele Bachmann spent more than $100,000 on printing and franked mail in the first quarter. (Photo credit: John Shinkle / Politico)

Two years ago today, on June 20, 2009, I featured a Politico report that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was one of the U.S. House of Representatives’ biggest spenders on congressional office expenses in the first quarter of 2009. An analysis of the first-quarter 2009 Member’s Representational Allowance (office budget) reports showed Bachmann spent more than $380,000 during the three-month period – in excess of $100,000 more than the average first-quarter spending.

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