Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lin Jenkins
London Guardian
August 11, 2013

A series of car bombs targeting cafes and markets in mainly Shia Muslim areas of Baghdad killed 69 people and wounded more than 170.

The attacks took place during celebrations at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Violence in Iraq has been increasing since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April.

Attacks against civilians and security forces worsened markedly during Ramadan. The increase in violence has led to fears of a return to the sectarian fighting that brought the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

The 10 explosions, which appeared to have been co-ordinated, were similar to attacks in Baghdad on Tuesday in which 50 people were killed.

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