US Military Blames Baghdad Bombing on Iranian-Backed Militants

BAGHDAD (AP) _ The U.S. military is blaming Iranian-backed
Shiite militants for Friday's pet-market bombing in Baghdad.

At least 15 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the
blast blamed on a bomb hidden in a box of birds. The outdoor market
had only recently re-emerged as a popular destination because of a
downturn in violence. Credit has gone to the U.S. and Iraqi
security plan for the capital and to new cooperation from minority
Sunnis against foreign extremists.

A U.S. commander calls Friday's attack a ``horrific act of
indiscriminate violence.'' Rear Admiral Gregory Smith told
reporters in Baghdad today that coalition forces identified and
detained four members of a militia extremist group in raids
overnight. He says based on ``confessions, forensics and other
intelligence,'' investigators have determined the bombing was the
work of an ``Iranian-backed special groups cell.''


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