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Iraq Report: Tribes in Khalis Pledge to Fight al Qaeda

4:06 PM, Jul 24, 2007 • By BILL ROGGIO
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South of Baghdad, in the city of Hillah in Babil province, al Qaeda in Iraq conducted a successful suicide car bombing. A suicide bomber detonated his weapon outside of a children's hospital, killing at least 26 Iraqis and wounding over 69. Most of those killed and wounded were women and children, an Iraqi policeman told AFP.

As the Baghdad Security Plan and Operation Phantom Thunder have progressed, the vast majority of mass-casualty suicide attacks have occurred in the provinces. Most of the bombings in Baghdad over the past month have resulted in casualties in the single digits. Part of the goal of the Baghdad Security Plan is to reduce the major attacks in the capital, and the plan has succeeded in this respect thus far.