Tue Dec 8, 2009 9:14am EST
By Ahmed Rasheed and Michael Christie
BAGHDAD, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The threat of bombs and violence will compete with the lure of some of the world's most promising oilfields when oil majors fly into Baghdad this week to bid in Iraq's second auction of oil contracts since the U.S. invasion.
The risks, nearly seven years after U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein, were on display on Tuesday when a series of car bombs killed 112 people in the capital, rattling the windows of the Oil Ministry where the Dec. 11-12 auction will be held.
Hellish scenes as six bomb blasts rip through Baghdad leaving at least 95 dead and 536 wounded
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:26 AM on 20th August 2009
A series of blasts in Baghdad killed 95 and wounded 536 yesterday.
In Iraq's bloodiest day this year, home forces accepted blame for the security breach after U.S. troops withdrew from urban centres in June.
At least six blasts struck near government ministries and other targets at the heart of Iraq's Shi'ite-led administration.
Devastation: Smoke rises near the Iraqi Foreign Ministry after a massive bomb attack in Baghdad
Carnage: Residents gather at the smouldering wreckage after a bomb attack outside the Iraqi Foreign Ministry
Analysts said the co-ordinated attacks were a message 'to show the world the insurgents are still there'.
Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, Baghdad's security spokesman, told Iraqi TV: 'This operation shows negligence, and is considered a security breach for which Iraqi forces must take most of the blame.'
The Iraqi government said this month that most of the city's blast walls would be removed within 40 days, a sign of confidence in its security forces before elections in January
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
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Just sayin, if this was done by by an IED, it would have to be several tons of TNT.
Or maybe even hundreds of tons...G:
What happens when you detonate 429 tons of military grade high explosives all at once. The initial explosion at the very beginning is only 30 tons.
To give you a size perspective this video was shot from 2-3 miles away out side of the frag radius (sort of).
If you watch closely you can see the blast wave travel toward us.
This excellent video by Broughden on Youtube.