Iraq suicide blast kills dozens At least 60 people have been killed and and 170 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack near a Shia shrine in the central Iraqi city of Karbala. Saturday's blast occurred at a checkpoint not far from the shrine which is located in a busy area close to shops and restaurants in Karbala, which is 100km southwest of Baghdad, Iraq's capital. "Many of the wounded are women and children," said Salim Kadhim, a spokesman for the Karbala health department. He said the explosion took place 200 metres from the shrine of Imam Abbas, the second holiest in Karbala, at 7:10pm local time (15:10 GMT). Iraqi television images showed a man running down a smoke-filled street holding a dead baby above his head. Smoke was rising from the child's body. "A car entered the checkpoint for the shrine and blew up in the midst of a crowd of people. Shops have been destroyed, a dozen cars caught fire," said Jasim Najim, a shop owner nearby. Elsewhere in Iraq, at least another 19 people were killed on Saturday in the ongoing carnage. 'Greatest evil' Earlier on Saturday, Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shia leader, denounced George Bush, the US president, and urged him to withdraw US troops from Iraq. Calling Bush "the greatest evil", al-Sadr said in a letter read out by a Sadrist MP in parliament that an eventual US pullout would be a "victory for the Iraqi people". "Here are the Democrats demanding that you withdraw at least with a timetable and you are stubborn against them," said al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army militia fought two uprisings against US forces in 2004. Al-Sadr also protested against the controversial wall that is being built by US and Iraqi troops around a Sunni enclave in Baghdad to thwart sectarian attacks.................. ........................The US military said on Saturday that nine of its troops had been killed on Friday and Saturday. Nearly a 100 US troops have died in Iraq so far this month. http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E4F2A77F-BA05-42F7-AED1-B40E740EB2CA.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/world/middleeast/29iraq.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin http://www.khaleejtimes.com/Display.../focusoniraq_April215.xml§ion=focusoniraq http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/55+killed+in+iraq+car+bomb/478867 http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200704/s1909111.htm What are we supposed to do? Democrats want to leave to avoid more death. Republicans want to stay to fix things. We're going nowhere.