Arab satellite broadcasters reported a car bombing during Friday prayers in Najaf at the Imam Ali mosque, the holiest shrine for Shiites in Iraq. The reports said as many as 17 people were killed and dozens injured.
There has been considerable unrest among the Islamic factions in the holy city, 110 miles southwest of Baghdad.
The latest report of a bombing in Najaf came one week after a bomb exploded outside the house of one of Iraqi's most important Shiite clerics, killing three guards and injuring 10 others, including family members.
How are we going to quell such violence? We aren't, even with international help. Let's get the heck out of Dodge.