Double Suicide Car Bombers Strike Near Green Zone, 7 Dead. (Reuters):

A double suicide car bomb attack devastated a police station just outside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 57 in the latest strike against Iraq’s beleaguered security forces.

Iraqi police gather at the site of a suicide car bomb exploded outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone. At least four police were killed and 49 others wounded by the deadly car bomb. (AFP/Essam Al-Sudani)

Another suicide car bomber destroyed a bus carrying Kurdish militiamen in Mosul, killing seven, and insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades also fought street battles with U.S. troops in the northern city for a second day.

Police sources said the Baghdad attack, which shook the city center shortly after 9:30 a.m., also destroyed 35 vehicles, including 17 police cars. It was not clear how many of those killed were police.

One blast was so powerful it blew a car onto the roof of an annex next to the police station.

The area around the site of the attack, which includes an entrance to the protected Green Zone often used by foreigners and the media, was quickly sealed off by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

Right near the “safe” Green Zone. Do you get the feeling that the insurgents have unlimited amount of explosives at the ready? Why was the Pentagon clueless about this? No wonder Homeland Security Chief-to-be Bernard Kerik high-tailed it out of his assignment there .

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding