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December 8, 2009
Car bombs rip through Baghdad, leaving carnage and doubt

There was a stark reminder today of the ongoing challenges in Iraq — a series of bombings that killed at least 128 and wounded hundreds more in Baghdad. It was the worst violence in more than a month and raised new concerns about Iraq’s ability to handle its security as U.S. forces plan to withdraw next year.

Those concerns are also tied to the coming elections in Iraq, which Iraqi authorities announced today would be postponed until the beginning of March. More attacks between now and then could destabilize the pro-western government. Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the possible ramifications of the violence.

Al Jazeera English’s Tareq Bazley reports from Baghdad.

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