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Monday marked the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Here’s how the holy month started off this year.

Here is some of what the world read Monday morning, the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan:

Month of Fasting in Iraq May Be Time of Mayhem

Confusion, violence and the threat of increased attacks against targets associated with the American-led occupation yesterday marked the beginning of Iraq’s first Muslim holy month of Ramadan since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Religious leaders gave warning that the rocket attack on the Baghdad hotel where Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy US defence secretary, is staying was just the start of a new campaign of violence during a “month of jihad.”

It will be carried out not only by Ba’ath party loyalists but by angry young zealots inspired by the prospect of a month of religious exaltation.

“We are Muslims in Iraq and Ramadan is the month of jihad. Every Muslim can see that we have invaders in our country.

“There are many who want to see the Americans driven out by any means,” said Sheikh Douhi Abdul Jalil Ibrahim of the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad.

–UK Telegraph

Car Bombs Rock Central Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A series of car bomb attacks on Monday killed 34 people, excluding the homicide bombers, in Baghdad, shattering what should have been a solemn day as Iraq began observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

–Fox News

Thirty Believed Dead in Baghdad Blasts

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Four suicide blasts rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing an estimated 30 people, including two American soldiers, and wounding more than 200 others, U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi hospital officials said. [?]

Monday was the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“It looks like a coordinated terror campaign to coincide with the first day of the holy month of Ramadan to create a sense of panic and a sense of a complete lack of security,” said Samir Sumaidy of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

–CNN

Dozens Killed in Baghdad Attacks

Car bombers attacked the international Red Cross headquarters and four police stations across Baghdad today, killing around 40 people.

A suicide bomber drove an ambulance packed with explosives into security barriers outside the Red Cross at around 8.30am local time (0530 GMT), killing 12 people, the aid agency said.

Then in police station bombings through the morning, 27 people, mostly Iraqis and one US solider, were killed, Iraqi police said.

The capital has now seen the worst two day of violence since the war was declared over in April and the sound of sirens reverberated through the streets this morning as emergency vehicles criss-crossed the city.

The bombings came during a morning of apparently choreographed attacks by Iraqi resistance guerrillas that appears to have been timed to coincide with the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

–UK Guardian

Dozens Die in Baghdad Terror Blasts

Suicide bombers have killed at least 34 people in a series of apparently co-ordinated attacks in central Baghdad.

The attacks, which wounded at least 224, targeted the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross and four police stations across the city on Monday. [?]

. . .although co-ordinated, the attacks – on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – were “not synchronised” and “not very professional.”

–BBC News

Suicide Attacks Kill Dozens in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Oct. 27 — Powerful suicide car bombs exploded outside the local headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross and three police stations across Baghdad Monday morning, killing at least 34 people and wounding 224 in a series of sophisticated and apparently coordinated attacks on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

–The Washington Post

At Least 35 Die in Baghdad Car Bombings

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Suicide bombers struck the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 200 in a coordinated terror spree that stunned the Iraqi capital on the first day of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

–The Washington Times (AP Report)

Bombings Plunge Iraqi Capital Into Chaos at Start of Ramadan

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 27 – A series of suicide bombings shook Baghdad early today, including an attack on the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and blasts at four Iraqi police stations that punctuated two days of bloody violence in this capital city.

Iraq’s police chief and deputy interior minister, Ahmad Ibrahim, said at a news conference that 34 people had been killed and 224 had been wounded in the attacks. He said 26 of the dead were civilians and 8 were police officers; 65 police officers and 159 civilians were wounded.

The explosions plunged the capital into chaos at the outset of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Ambulances raced through the streets and smoke rose from smoldering cars blown up in the blasts. Iraqi police officers dug through rubble to search for bodies.

–The New York Times

Nearly 40 Killed in Baghdad Blasts

BAGHDAD, Oct. 27 – Car bombers struck the international Red Cross headquarters and four police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing about 40 people in a spree of destruction that terrorized the Iraqi capital on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to police and Red Cross reports.

–MSNBC
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