"It Was Like An Earthquake" - Over 91 Killed After Two ISIS Suicide Bombings Rip Through Baghdad

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Just days after Iraqi forces scored a major victory against the Islamic State which was dislodged from its stronghold of Falluja, an hour's drive west of Baghdad, ISIS struck back when at least 95 people were killed Sunday in two massive suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital, including a large-scale attack that killed 86 people, among them 15 children, in a central shopping district.

As AP reports, the bombings demonstrated the extremists' ability to mount significant attacks despite major battlefield losses, including the city of Fallujah, which was declared "fully liberated" from IS just over a week ago. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had ordered the offensive after a series
of deadly bombings in Baghdad, saying Falluja served as a launchpad for
such attacks on the capital. However, bombings have continued. 

The deadliest attack took place in the central Karada district of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laded refrigerator pickup truck outside a crowded shopping center, killing at least 95 people and wounding up to 170 others, according to a police officer. He said the dead included 15 children, 10 women and six policemen.


The suicide bomber struck shortly after midnight, when families and young people were out on the streets in the central district of Karrada, after breaking their daylight fast for the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the victims were inside a multi-story shopping and amusement mall, where dozens burned to death or suffocated, officials said.

"It was like an earthquake," said Karim Sami, a 35-year-old street vendor. "I wrapped up my goods and was heading home when I saw a fire ball with a thunderous bombing. I was so scared to go back and started to make phone calls to my friends, but none answered," the father of three added. He said that one of his friends had been killed, another was wounded and one was still missing.

As expected, within hours, IS claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement posted online, saying they had deliberately targeted Shiite Muslims. 

At the scene, firefighters and civilians were seen carrying the dead away, their bodies wrapped in blankets and sheets. Smoke billowed from the shopping center, which was surrounded by the twisted and burned wreckage of cars and market stalls. A group of women were sitting on the pavement, crying for their loved ones.

In the second attack, an improvised explosive device went off in Baghdad's northern Shaab area, killing 5 people and wounding 16, another police officer said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of IS militants who often target commercial districts and Shiite areas. Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

The high death toll made it the second deadliest attack in the capital this year. On May 11, IS militants carried out three car bombings in Baghdad, killing 93 people.

Hours after the bombing, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and lawmakers visited the blast site, however they got a less then warm welcome. Clips posted on Twitter, showed an angry crowd, with people calling al-Abadi a "thief" and shouting at his convoy. Eyewitness said the crowd pelted the al-Abadi's car with rocks, shoes and jerry cans.


Until the government launched its Fallujah operation, the prime minister had faced growing social unrest and anti-government protests sparked, in part, by popular anger at the lack of security in the capital.

As reported in late April, Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone — which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions — was stormed twice by anti-government protesters. In Karada civilians expressed their frustration at the government's failure to secure the capital.

"We are in a state of war, and these places are targeted. The security can't focus on the war (against IS) and forget Baghdad," Sami, the street vendor, said.

The Islamic State still controls Iraq's second largest city of Mosul as well as significant patches of territory in the country's north and west. At the height of the extremist group's power in 2014, IS rendered nearly a third of the country out of government control. Now, the militants are estimated to control only 14 percent of Iraqi territory, according to the office of Iraq's prime minister.

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Lorca's Novena's picture

WOW! Those CIA trained Isis guys are getting pretty good at terrorism now.... Whats next, an NFL Isis team?

xavi1951's picture

Any bomb blast can be significant.......especially if you are near it!

bamawatson's picture

again with those wascally wadical Amish

Escrava Isaura's picture

Inequality generate all kinds of problems. So is demographics and its endless need of growth in a finite planet.


Spice/top these with religion and nationalism, then expecting some greatness is either ignorant of history or very naive.  


shovelhead's picture


Iraqi's need more socialism. That fixes everything.

847328_3527's picture

"It's contained."


"We have them on the run now."


~ Soweto Obama


"Legacy, Bitches!"

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Probably militant CHRISTIAN, yes!? Yet another violent Christian attack in Bagd… What? Is Islamic? Never mind.

HowdyDoody's picture

Charlie Hebdo will be producing a special 'Je Suis Baghdad' issue any moment now.


Abaco's picture

You have your ignorance of history down pat along with drawing invalid conclusions.

Escrava Isaura's picture



Not that matters, BUT:


Either your knowledge of history and geography is pretty distorted, OR


You’re a very naive.


Anyway, you don’t even need to go the Middle East to see this escalating problem,  it’s happening right now in America.


Again, let’s take a Quick trip down Memory Lane:

Aristotle and James Madison, the main framer of the US Constitution, they faced the same problem, they both recognized that in a democracy, the majority of poor could use their power to take away the property of the rich.

Aristotle's solution was to reduce inequality. Madison actually faced the same problem as Aristotle but picked an opposite solution. Place a political power in the hands of the wealth of the nation-- the more responsible set of men, those who will be able to protect the rights of property owners and the way it was done. 







Colonel Klink's picture

Middle East NFL =  National Falafel League?  Sadly here in 'Murika it's the National Felons League.

dilligaff's picture

Why is it when things like this happen outside the US, there are lots of pics and video of the carnage, but when 1 guy shots 100 people in the US, there's  no pics or videos of the carnage . Very strange...

Mr. Bones's picture

2012 - "al Qaeda is on the run"

2016 - "ISIS is on the run"

Dog Will Hunt's picture

Yeah...don't forget:

2001: "We're gonna smoke him out of his cave"

2004: "Bring 'em on"

2005: "We're in the final throes of the insurgency"

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Allahu Akbar, baby! How 'bout dat "Religion o' Peace!?!

Allen_H's picture

Fuck you jewUSSA! Your time cannot come soon enough!

Bill of Rights's picture

Jew USA ??? Guy thinks we're his mother.

Allen_H's picture

The USSA is izraHELLs bitch, did you not know that? And I prefer The United Snakes of Jew-Amerikkka, but that takes longer to write.

Your proxy forces are being decimated in the ME, and they will not win anything, they will only make the Western countries poorer, and the people will suffer more and more. Till you are attacked by your own dumberments or preferably by foreign powers that will of had enough of your shit. Either way, it will forever destroy the western axis of evil.

thatthingcanfly's picture

False flag! It was the Jews! Mossad dun it. With help from Cheney. Steel melting points and WTC7 and dur fee dur fee diddly dee!

bamawatson's picture

and oobla dee oobla daa paul craig roberts

hey la chuckka chuckka

Winston Churchill's picture

Just imagine how bad it would be if we weren't "winning".
I think our Secretariat of State meant whinnying.
Hard to get it out properly around the bit in his mouth.

MopWater's picture

Ahh yes, the religion of peace strikes again.

When the rest of the Muslim world decides to stand up and fight back against the Wahhabists, then I'll be happy to differentiate between sects...until then, the whole religion has to go.


Son of Loki's picture

That's exactly why Obama wants to import more to America....


... and on the opposite end why Trump wants strict vetting of all immigrants.

Winston Churchill's picture

Looks just like N. Ireland back in the 70s and 80s.
I do believe that was catholics and protestants.
Brainwashed bigot much ?
Most people, regardless of race or religion, want to live their life in peace.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

When the ragheads start phoning in evacuation  warnings or setting off bombs at times to destroy property and avoid civilian casualties then get back to us about the Northern Ireland bit.  Your attempt to equivocate the IRA with ISIS is pathetic. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Strange how many died in IRA bombings then.
Let me guess, you donated to some Irish 'charity" over here ?
There's a word for your kind and its not patriot.
I saw the Kings Cross bombing first hand.
Stay on your couch.

CNONC's picture

My fear is that, like the IRA, as ISIS is defeated, or made politically less relevant, their professionals will be unleashed on the world as freelancers.  There was a time, late 80s, through the 90s at least, that IRA trained guys were showing up in the darndest places.  Blow away a bunch of FARCs, and there's a red headed Irishman amongst the bodies.  Bosnia, why there's another Irishman. Palestine, Angola?  Irishmen everywhere.  And if I remember, IRA was never more than 3 or 4 thousand active fighters.   

IReallyDontCare's picture

Tell that to the women and children your brave Irish terrorists murdered, a couple of the last victims were still in their mothers wombs when the brave Irish terrorists murdered them with a car bomb.

Abaco's picture

That is a bit of a stretch.  Even at the height of the "Troubles" in Ireland the frequency of such incidents and the number of victims was far less than is common throughout the middle east. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Such a fine example of cog diss.
The scale changes the motivation ?

Doom Porn Star's picture

They successfully killed fewer intended targets, Winston; so logically the weights of their poorly executed crimes must be minimized in relation to those more successful at mass murder.  S/

Which still leaves the USA with it's status of global pre-eminence intact...   No S/

CNONC's picture

That gas cylinder mortar they fired at Downing Street (I think I remember that right) was pretty damned indiscriminate.

umdesch4's picture

I'm confused by the downvotes. Is it because you said something true about religion, and used Christianity as an example?

Winston Churchill's picture

Free thinking is getting very rare nowadays on ZH.
Pots don't like being called black.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Religion had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the conflict in Ireland other than the fact that the citizens of a country that was invaded by a foriegn power (viz., Ireland) were by happenstance Catholic and the invaders (the English) were by happenstance Protestant.


It is as if China invaded the United States and you morons started talking about the resulting disagreement as a religious war between Buddists and Christians.


"Catholics versus Protestants," indeed. Fucking idiots. It was the Irish populace fighting English invaders. Whatever one might say about their methods, one cannot gainsay the Irish cause as aught but just.

Dog Will Hunt's picture

It's because he said something that didn't roll so far to the right it goddamned near fell off the bed.  This site used to have a fair amount of libertarian-minded thinkers--not so much, anymore.  

MopWater's picture

Absolutely they do, but you can't ignore the problem of Islam and violence. Most violent Christianity was drummed out centuries ago...no Western Christian nation still punishes people for blasphemy or apostasy.

And I dare say there's a bit of a difference between the IRA focusing it's efforts on northern Ireland, and the scope of Salafist Islam. When did the IRA go bombing a place in Germany because it's the home of Martin Luther?

T.Gracchus's picture

...'When the rest of the Muslim world decides to stand-up and fight back against the Wahhabbists....'

I seem to recall that secular Muslim states such as Egypt, Algeria, Chechnya, Morocco,Libya, Iraq and Syria have long been doing just that.

Only problem is that when you try to fight the Wahhabists you get targeted for a 'regime change' by strangely well-financed and equiped 'Islamists'.

If you are too stupid to see how Israel and its Golem, the US, operates, then you are too stupid to post here and waste peoples time with your  Zionist excrement masquerading as 'comment'.

FireBrander's picture

Turkey is a NATO member.

Turkey funds/supplies ISIS



Turkey shoots down a Russian plane in support of the USA and it's "Freedom Fighters" in Syria trying bring down Assad due to his friendliness with Russia.

18 months later, Turkey, "disenchanted" with the US/EU, applogizes for shooting down a Russian plane, begins to "restore" relations with Russia.

A Chechen/Russian terrorist shieled by the EU freely travels to/from Syria...plans and carries out an attack on...drum roll....TURKEY!


ISIS "Stronghold/Capital" Raqqa...sits in the middle of a desert..the populated area is 10x10 miles at best and it's kept lush, and produces food, via Lake Assad...it is UNTOUCHED by war...Mr. Obama...please explain? Why is the USA destroying cities all over Syria...but the CAPITAL OF ISIS is off limits...

FireBrander's picture

2007...TWO-THOUSAND FUCKING SEVEN! - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said

"..he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria. In Syria, he said, the result would be to push the country “into chaos and internal battles like in Iraq.” In Lebanon, “There will be a Sunni state, an Alawi state, a Christian state, and a Druze state.” But, he said, “I do not know if there will be a Shiite state....The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups (ISIS) that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda." -

"... the US was working together with regional allies like Saudi Arabia to bolster armed terrorist groups and their political networks, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in preparations to divide and destroy the region, including Syria, as well as Lebanon." 2007! - 


New Yorker Magazine...of all places...IN 2007...warned us about what was coming! ISIS, Syria...ALL OF THIS was planned in the BUSH admin, started in the Bush admin, and continues at full speed under the Obama admin...still think R or D party is the "answer" to our problems?...I'm not sure what Trump will do, but I KNOW Hillary will carry on the Bush/Obama legacy...and ~46% of Americans BLINDLY support Hillary...madness.




T.Gracchus's picture

I think a little light googgling will show that Raqqa has attracted the attentions of the Russian air-force, of late. It is now TOUCHED by war- if not by the US and NATO.

MopWater's picture

I absolutely see it. There's no secular middle East governmen that the US wont topple.

That said, the nation states of significant Muslim populations, like those in SE Asia decided to give a middle finger to TPTB that use it as a tool, nothing will change.

Since nothing will change, they all most go.

T.Gracchus's picture

It is arguable that Malaysia attepted to make a stand against the TPTB- and it did not turn out too well for them on the aviation front.

While the Mossad guards our skies via airport security contracts- they also choose who crashes and when.

Pliskin's picture

I agree completely brother, those evil Muslim fucks have invaded nation after nation through-out the world;











Why can't they devote their lives to peace and diplomacy, like the U.S. and their NATO army..??

Bloody Muslims, hey brother, there's some great articles over on Fox and CNN right now, see you there?

Peace and much love to you my Christian brother.



MopWater's picture

Did I say that the US was any better? I don't think I did...

*Scrolls up*

Nope. I didn't. So please, keep thinking that I'm claiming some sort of moral argument in favor of the US MIC and the warmongers in Congress, the Pentagon, and whoever inhabits 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

If you refuse to see the violent, backwards, theocratic society that Islam promotes, you're blinders are on a bit too tight.

Jack Oliver's picture

Well said - In the preceding 14 years since Bush declared the 'War on Terror' - There had only been ONE case of a 'Suicide Bomber' and that was in Pakistan ! 

The real trouble started in the ME when the state of ISRAEL was declared in 1947 - 48 !!

In fact there is plenty of evidence to suggest that WW2 was started for the SPECIFIC reason of creating said STATE ! 

gonetogalt's picture

There had been plenty of suicide bombings in W Bank & Gaza during the 90's. Some assasinated ME personnage had been paying 'death benefits' to the families, got himself killed, then Saddam Hussain (MSM claimed) continued the payments...

Anyway, it's been going on a long time.

FX223's picture

You need to read between the lines...


Isis spreads the religion of peace much in the same way the USSA spreads democracy. 



MopWater's picture

Yes, violently while claiming the moral high ground.