The recent suicide bombings in Baghdad have once again shook the nation of Iraq. Two mini-buses were used in attacks targeting the Justice Ministry, the Baghdad Provincial Council and the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works. An al Qaeda linked group has claimed responsibility for the Sunday, October 25 bombings, which has a death toll of 155.
The Iraqi foreign ministry has called for a United Nations investigation on the bombings as government officials are assessing the scope of the damage brought on by the attacks. This puts an additional tension to the political atmosphere of Iraq and more strain to its fledgling government.
Iraq has undergone a series of governmental shifts punctuated by violence and unrest. Historical and political events of the past years have shaped this nation into its current shaky condition. Mazin Zwayne Al Ashraf explains these events in the self-published book The Fifth Iraq: New Beginning.
The Fifth Iraq documents the four regimes in modern day Iraq, while proposing a fifth one. Ashraf says that the next regime must be democratic, embrace the history of the region and provide representation for everyone.
Ashraf also dissects an interesting topic in the book -- the English texts of fatwas on "hijacking and kidnapping" and suicide bombings.
The Fifth Iraq: New Beginning is a must-read for those who seek to understand the nation, the turmoil and the future of Iraq.
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