BOMBING IN IRAQ….A bomb exploded in a mosque in Iraq today, killing 75 people, including Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, a moderate Shiite leader who has been cooperative with U.S. forces. al-Hakim’s brother is part of the 25-member governing council.

Juan Cole says it is “clear that this bombing was the work of Saddam loyalists.” I wish we had a better idea of just how strong these remnants of the Baathist movement are these days. For all the talk about how we’re making progress, they sure seem like they’re still able to cause an awful lot of damage.

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