Bombs in Baghdad leave 8 dead Tuesday, gunfire exchanged near Iranian embassy
Bombs and gunfire blanketed Baghdad Tuesday, leaving at least eight dead and 22 wounded, according to the Associated Press.
In the crowded commercial district of Karrada, two car bombs detonated leaving eight dead and at least 22 wounded.
Gunfire also was reported near the Iranian embassy in the central part of the capital, but it is not yet clear from various sources whether the gunfire was targeting the embassy.
Tensions between Iran and Iraq have always been rocky since the end of the Iran-Iraq war, with many Iraq-based Sunni militants against Tehran and the current Shiite government leadership in Baghdad that is supported by the latter.
More than 650 people have been killed in Iraq in the past month and more than 1,600 have been killed since the beginning of 2014 in what is increasingly becoming one of the bloodiest chapters in Iraq's history.