March 20, 2012, was the deadliest day in Iraq so far for the month. At least fifteen bombs went off in ten different cities across the country. That included the capital, Kirkuk in Tamim province, Baiji and Samarra in Salahaddin, Baquba, the capital of Diyala, Mosul in Ninewa, Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar, Karbala, and Hillah in Babil governorate, resulting in at least 50 deaths, and dozens more wounded. In Baghdad, a car bomb detonated outside of the Foreign Ministry. Another bomb went off by a Christian church in the Mansour district, there was an explosion in central Baghdad, and an attempt on the life of the head of the provincial council by a suicide bomber. Al Qaeda in Iraqís umbrella organization, the Islamic State of Iraq, later took responsibility for the attacks, saying they wanted to disrupt the upcoming Arab League Summit happening in Baghdad. Every month or so, militants are able to carry off operations like these, which are aimed at undermining the government, and gaining press coverage to make it seem like Iraq is an unstable country. One of the reasons why terrorists are able to successfully detonate so many devices, and get them through the numerous checkpoints in places like Baghdad, is the security forces reliance upon fake bomb detectors.

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