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Iraqi Government Cannot Stop Terrorists

Amid mounting questions on the efficiency of Iraq’s security apparatus, the Interior Ministry proves unable to provide even rough statistics on the daily bombings that afflict the country.
A man walks past the site of a car bomb attack outside an ice cream parlour in the Al-Mashtal district in Baghdad, October 19, 2013. At least five people were killed in the attack and 15 others were wounded, police said.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX14GKJ
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There are no official Iraqi statistics about the number of bomb-rigged cars that have exploded since the beginning of this year.

It all seems very confusing when you ask the Iraqi Interior Ministry for a detailed count of the number of car bombs, and receive a reply from the ministry’s spokesman that “the number is confidential and obtaining it necessitates a long list of approvals.”

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