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Blast In Turkey: Bombs In Iraq

Let's all put our hands together and celebrate the neocon/BushCo. foreign policy that Rudy & St. McCain embraces. Turkey - A car bomb targeting s

Let's all put our hands together and celebrate the neocon/BushCo. foreign policy that Rudy & St. McCain embraces.

Turkey - A car bomb targeting soldiers killed five people and wounded 68 others — including 30 soldiers — Thursday in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, officials said.

A bus transporting troops was passing by a five-star hotel when suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled car bomb, authorities said. Two high school students who emerged from a building where they were taking preparatory courses for university exams and three other civilians were killed.

Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, have battled for autonomy in southeastern Turkey for more than two decades — a campaign that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. The group uses strongholds in northern Iraq for cross-border strikes.

In October, Parliament authorized Turkey's military to strike back at rebels across the border.

And it looks like as things change in Iraq---they remain the same:

Suicide bombings in Iraq: not actually over. The last two weeks there's been something approaching a bombing every two or three days. And they're not where U.S. forces are spread the thinnest, but where they're in full effect -- Diyala and Baghdad. The Post reports the trend line for suicide bombings has been upward for the past two months. Happy 2008, year of the de-surge..read on

As Digby notes: One hopes the candidates haven't gotten too rusty on the issue of Iraq because it's going to be an issue whether they like it or not.

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