February 28, This day during the Iraq War

February 28, 2005 – 2005 Al Hillah bombing killed 127 people, chiefly men lining up to join the Iraqi police forces, at the recruiting centre on February 28, 2005 in Al Hillah, Iraq. The bombing caused a worsening of Iraqi-Jordanian diplomatic relations after it was learnt that suicide bomber, Raed Mansour al-Banna, had come from Jordan. Banna’s family in Jordan gave him a heroic funeral, angering many Iraqi Shia. Thousands protested outside the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad and demanded it close, and the dispute led to both countries recalling their respective ambassadors. al-Banna had earlier tried to enter the United States in July 2003, although he was turned away at O’Hare Airport as he possessed “multiple terrorist risk factors”.

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