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Wave of bombings hits Baghdad Shiite areas, killing 69

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, officials said — the latest in deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country’s north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group. In an online statement, IS claimed ...

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UN warns Iraq of ‘chaos’ if no political progress

Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq’s leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so “risks plunging the country into chaos.” The Sunni insurgent blitz over the past month has driven ...

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Iraq’s capital lives in fear, expects the worst

Hamza Hendawi | The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — “Allah, please make our army victorious,” rang out the despairing voice of a worshipper making his way through a crowd to reach the ornate enclosure of the Baghdad tomb of a revered Shiite imam. Others in the crystal and marble mosque somberly read from the Quran or tearfully recited supplications. “We pray ...

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A guide to fast-moving events in Iraq

The Associated Press In just over a week, an al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other Sunni insurgents have rapidly expanded their hold on vast swaths of territory in northern Iraq in a lightning advance that shows no signs of ebbing. The sharp deterioration in security has sent thousands fleeing to the ...

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U.S., Britain warn of kidnap threat to oil workers in south Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 22 (Reuters) – U.S. and British citizens, particularly oil workers, in the southern Iraqi province of Basra may be at risk of kidnapping by militant groups, the U.S. Embassy and British officials said. Basra is home to most of Iraq’s oil and its gateway for exports. “Militant groups may be surveilling U.S. citizens for possible kidnapping operations, particularly ...

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