The bad guys trying to isolate Iraqi’s and making it harder to conduct business. I guess the bad guys don’t care about the economy they just want more people to suffer and suffering they are.
BAGHDAD, June 2 — Insurgents blasted a gaping hole in a major bridge on the main highway from Baghdad to northern Iraq on Saturday, part of a growing effort to target Iraq’s infrastructure and immobilize its people.
Ever since a large chunk of the steel-beamed Sarafiya bridge splashed into the Tigris River in April, attackers have systematically targeted bridges in and around Baghdad. The tactic has further sealed off neighborhoods, blocked vital transportation links and in some cases worsened divisions between Sunnis and Shiites.
Concern about the attacks led the Iraqi government to prohibit oil tankers and other heavy trucks from crossing all but two of Baghdad’s 13 bridges across the Tigris, worsening fuel shortages at a time when drivers must regularly wait hours for gas in lines hundreds of cars long.
“We are really tired of this kind of living,” said Amer Abdul Razzaq, 46, the owner of an abandoned hotel and a looted carpet shop, who was visiting a friend near the foot of the Sinek bridge in Baghdad. “We cannot work, we cannot move from one side of the river to the other. These bridges are not military targets, they are affecting the people.”