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Iraq Bombings: Dozens Killed In String Of Morning Attacks

BBC NEWS (UK), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), REUTERS, AP

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BAGHDAD – A wave of coordinated attacks Monday in Baghdad, Kirkuk, and other towns has left dozens killed and hundreds of injured across Iraq.

The exact number of people killed in the bombings is still unclear, with Al Jazeera reporting at least 19 casualties and AP saying that as many as 27 people had lost their lives. Up to 200 are said to have been injured in the series of attacks across the country.

A total of 14 car bombs and three roadside bombs struck seven cities; although no one immediately claimed responsibility, AP notes that coordinated attacks are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch.

Two people were killed by car bombs that exploded at a heavily guarded Baghdad airport checkpoint, police sources told Reuters.

Attacks were also reported in Tuz Khormato and Kirkuk in the north and Nasiriyah in the south, BBC News reports, adding that three car bombs went off minutes apart in Tuz Khormato. Three roadside bombs also hit Baquba, north of the capital, while bombings were reported in Hillah, Samarra and Tikrit.

The new bout of violence comes only days ahead Iraq’s provincial elections, which Reuters says will test political stability more than a year after U.S. troops left the country.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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