Bombs kill 23 across Iraq as sectarian strife grows
[Reuters] At least 23 people were killed and 87 maimed in attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said, underlining sectarian and ethnic divisions that threaten to further destabilize the country a year after U.S. troops left.
Tensions between Shi'ite, Kurdish and Sunni factions in Iraq's power-sharing government have been on the rise this year. Militants strike almost daily and have staged at least one big attack a month.
The latest violence followed more than a week of protests against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki by thousands of people from the minority Sunni community.
No group grabbed credit for any of Monday's attacks, which targeted government officials, police patrols and members of both the Sunni and Shi'ite communities.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-01