Tensions Are High

Over 50 Dead in Iraq Clashes

Violence raged throughout Iraq on Wednesday, leaving 51 people dead in different parts of the country. Thirty-eight people were killed in a clash between Sunni tribesmen and members of the Iraqi Army that erupted along blocked roads leading to Qara Tappah, a Sunni town northeast of Baghdad. Meanwhile, seven people were killed and 23 others wounded by a car bomb that exploded in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. Increased Sunni backlash against the Shiite-led government seems to be the source of boiling tensions that have led to 100 deaths over the past two days. “Everybody has the feeling that Iraq is becoming a new Syria,” a currency-exchange owner in Mosul told the AP. “We are heading into the unknown ... I think that civil war is making a comeback.”