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Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Sadriya Market

Last updated: August 4, 2007

!!! Warning: some images are very graphic !!!

April 19, 2007

From the BBC site. Yesterday attack on the Sadriyah market in Baghdad.

In one of the deadliest attacks of the last four years, some 140 people were killed in a car bombing in a food market in Sadriya district.

A witness said the area had been turned into "a swimming pool of blood".


The Sadriya attack (Reuters/AFP/Getty)


I started using images after becoming convinced that people fail to grasp the scale of attacks launched by the Sunni insurgents against Shia civilian population in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, despite my attempts to give my readers an adequate perspective on the scale of this insurgency, like, for example, this one:

The destruction left behind by a truck loaded with 500 kilos of explosives can make a whole street look as if hit by hurricane Catarina. Yet truck bombs have been intercepted carrying even more more powerful payloads than this. One of such trucks intercepted recently was reported to be loaded with 2 tons (!!!) of explosives and an unspecified amount of chlorine. In comparison the average payload of a ballistic missile is about 500 kilos.

This means that one truck bomb attack equals or comes close to the impact produced by one ballistic missile, and in this sense Baghdad is a city that is hit by a few ballistic missiles almost daily. Yet even more devastating than the physical impact of the attacks is their toll in psychological terms and in this regard most people in Baghdad probably went total psychos long time ago. There is no warning or sirens going on before, in a split second, one finds oneself scattered over a wide area covering a few neighborhoods.


April 22, 2007

The IHT says the Sadriya market was devastated by a truck bomb loaded with one ton of explosives:

The attack was the work of a suicide bomber who detonated about ton of explosives in the bustling Sadriya market, in a largely Shiite enclave, as shoppers finished buying food for dinner and men sipped coffee at the popular cafes nearby, the police said . . .

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The bomber struck close to the middle of the narrow market, which stretches for about an eighth of a mile, killing everyone nearby and dozens more in collapsed apartment buildings and coffeehouses that line the market, witnesses said.

"Look at all these buildings," shouted Qadir Ali Ismael, a 41-year-old vegetable seller who escaped the 5 p.m. blast. "There were families living in these apartments and they didn't find anyone alive in there. All of those people were killed!"

Two buildings were flattened and 10 more seriously damaged. The attack left a crater 15 feet long, 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Blast waves left buildings a block away badly damaged.


At a hospital morgue in Sadr City, an Iraqi mourned yesterday over the coffin of his brother, who was killed by a car bomb in Sadriya.


August 4, 2007

Baghdad - August 1, 2007. A truck bomber detonated a fuel tunker loaded with explosives at a crowded gas station in the middle-class district of Mansour killing and incinerating more than 50 people.

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