A huge bomb exploded near a bus filled with Iraqi soldiers returning from leave Tuesday, killing at least three and wounding at least 44 in an attack that showed how even a payroll issue in Iraq can turn deadly. The Iraqi soldiers were en route to a U.S. base here from the city of Sinjar, where they had dropped off their monthly pay. Because Iraq’s banking system cannot accommodate direct deposits, recruits are given a week’s leave each month to carry their money home — a system that has created chronic security problems and hampered the U.S. military’s efforts to develop Iraq’s new army.Full Story
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