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Monday
Aug262013

Dozens Killed in Wave of Violence in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The latest wave of insurgent attacks in Iraq claimed dozens of lives Sunday. It was yet another instance of a revived militancy with al-Qaida leanings testing the capabilities of national security forces that often seem over-matched by the enemy.

Multiple attacks were reported in Baghdad, Baqouba and other cities with insurgents targeting both Iraqi soldiers and civilians.

The death toll Sunday stood at 46 but was expected to climb as many who survived were critically wounded. The militants used mostly gunfire and bombs on their unsuspecting victims.

It seemed no one was immune from attacks with people killed at weddings, soccer games, restaurants and market places. Baghdad, as usual, got the brunt of the violence.

So far in 2013, at least 4,000 Iraqis have died, the majority of them since the April provincial elections and a government raid on a Sunni encampment that stirred up old sectarian hatreds against the Shiite-dominated central government.

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