Massacre in Baghdad

 

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Three car bombs struck crowds in and near Baghdad yesterday killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 100 others. The first was detonated shortly after midnight, local time, near an ice cream shop. The second came a few hours later and struck near a government office. And in the evening, a suicide bomber in an explosive vest hit an army checkpoint.

Credit for the attacks was claimed by ISIS. The bomb at the ice cream shop was targeted at a late-night crowd celebrating Ramadan. During the holy month, Muslims fast during the day, so nighttime sees large crowds of people shopping and eating before dawn, when next day’s fast begins. That’s why you get a big crowd around an ice cream shop at midnight.

Wait, isn’t Ramadan in December or something? No. The Islamic calendar uses lunar months, and the year is only 354 or 355 days long, so Ramadan changes annually. This year, it runs from May 27 to June 24. Next year it’ll be May 16 to June 14, and so on.

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  1. Manny Member
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    @Manny

    They also had massive bombs – even worse – in Afghanistan, killing at least 90.

    Yes, it’s Ramadan and the religion of peace is being religious.

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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    The Daily Shot: During the holy month, Muslims fast during the day, so nighttime sees large crowds of people shopping and eating before dawn, when next day’s fast begins. That’s why you get a big crowd around an ice cream shop at midnight.

    Muslim Mardi Gras? You learn something every day. Thanks.

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  3. Stina Member
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    @CM

    I have the feeling the fundamentalists didn’t think the ones feasting at midnight took their faith that seriously.

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  4. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Ramadan seems meaningless – there is nothing peaceful about what is taking place across the world.

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  5. Fred Cole Inactive
    Fred Cole
    @FredCole

    Stina (View Comment):
    I have the feeling the fundamentalists didn’t think the ones feasting at midnight took their faith that seriously.

    No.  This was a Sunni-Shia thing.  The ISIS folks think the Shia are heretics.

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  6. DocJay Inactive
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    @DocJay

    The last president was in a war every day of his eight years.   Has that ever been the case?

    Will we end our presence there ?  It seems there’s an eternity of people willing to do horrible things.  If the president/Mattis  have an end game I hope it’s efficient and soon .

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