Baghdad in military, political panic - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Baghdad in military, political panic

Posted: Updated:
A bomb went off on Tuesday in Baghdad spreading fear in the Iraqi capital. (Source: CNN) A bomb went off on Tuesday in Baghdad spreading fear in the Iraqi capital. (Source: CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:45:10 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...More >>
    Under pressure to boost the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is rapidly growing.More >>
  • French prime minister wins confidence vote

    French prime minister wins confidence vote

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:44:48 GMT
    France's prime minister faces a confidence vote in a parliament increasingly frustrated with unpopular President Francois Hollande's handling of the economy - including dissidents within his Socialist Party.More >>
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence on Tuesday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.More >>
  • Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

    Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:33:52 GMT
    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.More >>
    Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists.More >>

BAGHDAD (CNN) – Baghdad is now a city of closed shops, streets free of traffic where the ousted prime minister is holed up in the Green Zone and the rest of the political elite milling in a city bracing itself for further bombs.

Normal has been awful in Baghdad for so long when they say it's worse than ever, pay attention. 

We heard the bomb that went off on Tuesday.

A survivor filmed the immediate panic afterward.

Just down the road is the family home of Prime Minister Designate Haidar al-Abadi.

Whether he was the target mattered little to the people.

Hours later, residents were furiously demolishing the checkpoint of the police who did not protect them.

Shots were fired in the air to scatter them.

The next day police were there in force, refusing to be filmed.

Making life even tougher to live, or for young Ahmed to remember any other way of life.

“No,” he says. “I don't remember a time when there were no bombs. I don't go out onto the streets because I'm afraid.”

Business as unusual for Baghdad. Shops closed, and traffic jams missing.

During the normal rush hour it would be almost impossible for cars to move at a roundabout but in parts of Baghdad people seem unwilling to venture out onto the street. The city now braced for the worst.

Shuttered, locked, amid a paralyzed government and advancing extremists. Some saying it has never been so bad.

“Now, right now, 2014, is the worst year yet for Baghdad. This street is literally empty - where are the army and police?” one man asks.

Down the road, water pipes, hipster haircuts, things ISIS militants would immediately punish, brutally.

And the recognition that the political elite's failure to organize itself, is playing into ISIS hands.

“When the old prime minister won't hand over power to the new, ISIS can exploit that and enter Baghdad,” a man says. ISIS won't get into Baghdad, another man proclaims. But he's increasingly alone in what was once a crowded street.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

 

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.