A huge suicide bombing in Iraq Monday killed as many as 26 and injured up to 190, reminding the U.S. with a single act of bloody violence that many of the problems left behind in Iraq are still unsolved. Reuters reports on the attack reminiscent of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate:
The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions.
The attacker targeted the Shi'ite Endowment - a government-run body that manages Shi'ite religious and cultural sites - leaving dead and wounded along a main street nearby and blasting part of its headquarters to rubble, police said.
The attack comes as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to consider the nomination of the president’s pick for ambassador to Iraq, an important one given the lack of confidence the Iraqi’s have in their Prime Minister. On "Real News" Monday The Blaze's National Security Editor Buck Sexton discussed the violence still going on in Iraq, and the effect instability in the country can have on the United States's relations with Iran. Sexton notes that the way Iraq has progressed could serve as a cautionary tale in examining how the United States should approach other tumultuous nations in the region, like Syria or Egypt. Here's a clip from Monday's show: