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Eleven Iraqis Sentenced To Death For Baghdad Bombings

The scene of the massive explosion outside the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad on August 19.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) -- A court sentenced to death 11 Iraqis today for planning and carrying out massive truck bombings in Baghdad last August that killed 95 people and wounded more than 1,000.

The bombs targeted Iraq's foreign and finance ministries, sites that are among the most heavily guarded in Iraq, and damaged public confidence in Iraqi forces ahead of an election in March and as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw.

"Today an Iraqi criminal court imposed a death sentence against 11 criminals who have been convicted of implementing, planning and funding the bomb events that targeted the finance and foreign ministries," said Abdul Sattar al-Birqdar, a spokesman for the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council.