Iraq’s death toll rose past 140 this week after two bombings hit predominantly Shiite neighborhoods around the capital, killing at least 54 and wounding another nearly 100, AP reports: “In an online statement, IS claimed responsibility for the deadliest bombing of the day, which took place in Baghdad’s northeastern Shaab neighborhood and where at least 28 people were killed and 65 others were wounded. In that attack, a roadside bomb first exploded outside the concrete blast walls surrounding the open-air market, followed by a suicide bomber who blew himself up as people gathered to help the victims of the first explosion.”
Nervous over Beijing’s MIRVs. The folks at the Stimson Center just released a book-length report on China’s nuclear competition in Asia, centering on its production of DF-5B MIRVintercontinental ballistic missiles. Writes the Stimson crew: “The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVS: From the First to the Second Nuclear Age,” finds that India and Pakistan are likely to respond by placing multiple warheads atop some of their missiles.”
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