Suicide bomber attacks a checkpoint near the new Iraqi Prime Minister home in Baghdad, causing severe damage. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint near the Baghdad home of new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday (August 12), two police sources and local media said. There was no word on casualties but a building was severely damaged, and debris remained scattered on the ground early on Wednesday (August 13) . Officials in Abadi's office were not immediately available for comment on the attack. One official said: "We are in a meeting". Iraq's president nominated Abadi, a low-key figure, as prime minister because he is seen as a moderate Shi'ite, unlike his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki, widely regarded as an authoritarian and sectarian ruler. Maliki rejected calls by Sunnis, Kurds, some Shi'ites, power broker Iran and the United States to step aside for a less polarising figure who is capable of uniting Iraqis against Islamic State insurgents who seized large sections of the country. Although Maliki condemned the appointment of Abadi and said he would "fix the problem", he appeared to back down, urging security forces to stay out of politics. Iraq has slipped back into the levels of bloodshed not seen since sectarian civil war, which peaked in 2006-2007 under American occupation.