1. Terrorism

    At Least 63 Killed in Iraq Bombings

    Iraqi security forces gather the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. A wave of bombings ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning killing and wounding hundreds of people, Iraqi officials said, in the worst violence Iraq has seen for months. The bloodbath comes just days after American forces left the country. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Hadi Mizban / AP Photo

    At least 63 people died in Baghdad Thursday after a dozen bombs went off around the city, mostly during rush hour. It’s the first major violence since American troops pulled out of the country earlier this week, though there have already been troubling political signs as well: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s arrest of a Sunni leader and threat to abandon a power-sharing government. No one has yet taken responsibility for the attacks, though they appear similar to previous attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq.

    Read it at The New York Times