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    31 Dead in Iraq Bombings

    Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb attack near the office of Al-Ahad television channel, which is affiliated with a Shiite militant group, in Baghdad's eastern neighbourhood of Baladiyat on August 15, 2013. A series of bombings struck the capital, killing at least 16 people, officials said, a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to press a campaign against militants. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI        (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The violence that has beset Iraq the past few months continued Thursday when car bombs across Baghdad killed 31 people, according to officials. Attacks have been intensifying since a crackdown on a Sunni protest camp in April; Thursday’s violence targeted Shiite neighborhoods and government offices. The violence has raised fears that Iraq is sliding toward open civil war between the two groups, similar to what happened in 2006 and 2007.

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