With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan under way, insurgent attacks in Iraq have risen in the past two weeks, particularly in Baghdad, a U.S. military commander said Wednesday.
“This has been a tough week,” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said. “This week’s suicide attacks were at their highest level of any given week.”
About half of those attacks targeted security forces, Caldwell said.
He said around 50 percent of car bombings were suicide strikes, blaming “terrorists” and “illegal armed groups” for attacks during Ramadan, which began Saturday.
But Caldwell said murders and executions were the largest cause of civilian deaths in Baghdad and attributed them to sectarian fighting between Sunnis and Shiites.