51 Killed in Baghdad Attacks

    Iraqi civilians check the site of an explosion in Baghdad on August 28, 2013. Coordinated car bombs ripped through mostly Shiite neighbourhoods in the Baghdad area during rush hour, killing at least 30 people, the latest in spiralling violence in recent months.  AFP PHOTO/ALI AL-SAADI        (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    At least 51 people were killed Wednesday in a series of bombings and gun attacks in Baghdad, as many fear Iraq is descending into sectarian chaos. In Sadr City, a mostly Shiite district in Baghdad, a restaurant owner described how a man had parked his car in front of the restaurant, ate breakfast—and the car exploded. “When I went outside, I saw his car completely damaged and he had disappeared,” the restaurant owner said. At a checkpoint south of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on six members of al-Sahwa, the former Sunni insurgents who fought against al Qaeda. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the deadliest month in the country since 2008.

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