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May 27th, 2013


Dozens Dead As Car Bombs Rip Through Baghdad

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A bloody 48 hours in the Middle East (NBC Nightly News, May 27, 2013) – Violence erupts from Baghdad to Lebanon just as Senator John McCain makes a surprise visit in Syria with rebels. NBC’s Richard Engel reports. (01:43)

By Kareem Raheem

May 27, 2013

More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shi’ite neighborhoods across Baghdad on Monday in worsening sectarian violence in Iraq. …

More than a dozen blasts tore into markets and shopping areas in districts across the Iraqi capital, including twin bombs just several hundred yards apart that killed at least 13 people in the capital’s Sadr City area, police and hospital officials said. …

Tensions between the Shi’ite leadership and the Sunni Muslim minority are at their worst since U.S. troops left in December 2011, and the conflict in Syria is straining Iraq’s fragile communal balance.

More than 700 people were killed in attacks in April, according to a U.N. count, the highest monthly toll in almost five years. So far in May more than 300 have died. …

Bombings on Shi’ite and Sunni mosques, security forces and Sunni tribal leaders over a month-long surge in violence are heightening worries Iraq risks returning to the level of sectarian violence that killed thousands in 2006-2007.

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Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. A series of coordinated blasts hit Shiite districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (Photo credit: Mohammed Ameen / Reuters)

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