Bomber kills 33 at Iraq reconciliation conference

Sunni tribal leaders greeted by Shiite leader as they arrived for the conference
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At least 33 people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide car bombing targeting a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad.

The attack — which occurred outside the municipal building of Abu Ghraib in western Baghdad — also wounded 46 others. An Interior Ministry official told CNN the attack occurred when people gathered outside as the conference in the building ended.

Tribal leaders from the Abu Ghraib area were attending the meeting, the latest such conference between officials from the Shiite-led government and Sunni Arab tribal leaders…

The violence came after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday rallied sheikhs of the nation’s tribes to participate in Iraq’s government. It was the latest official effort to further reconciliation among Sunnis, Shiites and tribes of different sects and bring some former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party into the political fold.

The targets of the enemies of democracy, of liberation, speaks volumes of who and what Islamist reactionaries fear.

Growing the breadth of participation in social and governmental life intimidates reactionaries of every stripe. Probably why the Bush-Cheney mafia kept the Iraq reconstruction government as narrow as possible after the U.S. invasion. Certainly, why the al Qaeda types don’t wish to see Shiites, Sunnis, Baathists and Kurd meeting together to design a better nation.

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