At least 15 people and perhaps as many as 45 were killed Tuesday when gunmen posing as Iraqi security troops stormed the Salahuddin provincial council building in the city of Tikrit and took dozens of people hostage, including members of the council.
News reports said the gunmen executed at least three members of the council, which meets Tuesdays, and set their bodies on fire before detonating themselves. Death tolls varied wildly. At least 60 people were injured.
No group took responsibility for the attack, though suspicion immediately fell on the Sunni Muslim insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq.
If, after all these years of U.S. involvement, al-Qaida in Iraq is still capable of such an outrage in broad daylight, we have accomplished nothing.