Iraq Official Resigns After Devastating Bombing
Iraq's interior minister has offered to resign, part of the political fallout from Sunday's devastating attack in Baghdad.
Mohammed Ghabban Tuesday handed over authority to his deputy until the offer is considered by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, himself the target of public rage after a suicide truck bombing killed at least 175 people.
Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying they were targeting Shi'ites.
The attack came near the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time when U.N. envoy for Iraq Jan Kubis had hoped there would be a lull in violence. U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also deplored the loss of innocent lives and condemned, what he called, this latest "horrendous atrocity" by the extremist Sunni group Islamic State.
French Parliamentary Panel Calls for Intelligence Reforms
A French parliamentary inquiry into last year's deadly terror attacks in Paris is calling for the creation of a single national anti-terrorism agency.
The suggested overhaul of the nation's intelligence services is one of just more than three dozen recommendations made by the commission in a report released Tuesday
The inquiry found the intelligence services lost track of Said Kouachi just months before he and his brother Cherif carried out the January 7 attack on the offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that left 12 people dead.
Georges Fenech (zhorzh fen-EK), the head of the commission that conducted the inquiry, says France's intelligence chiefs admitted during the inquiry that the attack on Charlie Hebdo, and the coordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, a sports stadium and several bars and restaurants 10 months later, represented a "global intelligence failure. "
A total of 147 people were killed in the two attacks.