But remember: the real problem is “Islamophobia.” Sunni-Shi’ite Jihad Update: “Iraq car bomb targeting shoppers kills 17,” from Al Arabiya, October 12:
A car bomb exploded on Saturday in a crowded street in a city north of Iraq’s capital, killing 17 people and wounding 35.
The blast in Samarra came as people shopped ahead of the biggest Muslim holiday of the year, Eid al-Adha, which begins later this week.
Militants seeking to cause maximum casualties frequently bomb heavily populated areas of the conflict-ridden country, including shopping districts, markets, cafes and mosques.
Violence in the country has reached a fever pitch to a level not seen since 2008, when Iraq was coming out of a bloody sectarian conflict.
This year’s violence has raised fears of a relapse into a Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of this year, according to the Associated Press.