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New York Times

By SAM DAGHER

BAGHDAD — A series of bombing attacks against Shiites on Friday near the northern city of Mosul and in Baghdad killed at least 36 people and wounded nearly 100 others, officials said.

The bombings, which appear intended to polarize Iraqis and inflame sectarian passions, coincided with the end of an important Shiite religious occasion, and came one week after five Shiite mosques in Baghdad were bombed in coordinated attacks, killing at least 29. (more…)

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By Agence France-Presse

The most common cause of death for civilians in the first five years of the Iraq war was execution after being kidnapped, according to a report published Wednesday by an independent casualties monitor.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), a group supported by researchers from the United States and Britain, said that such killings accounted for 33 percent of all civilian deaths in the five years after the 2003 US-led invasion.

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By Associated Press

Anger boiled over in Baghdad streets at Iraqi soldiers and police after they failed to prevent a stunning series of coordinated bombings across the city Monday that left 37 dead and more than 100 wounded. Iraq’s government blamed the attacks on supporters of Saddam Hussein “in cooperation with the al-Qaida terrorist organization” and suggested the blasts were timed for Tuesday’s anniversary of the founding of the late dictator’s Baath party.

The attacks, which one Interior Ministry official called the worst breach of security in Baghdad this year, occurred as the U.S. military is drawing down its forces in the capital. Some Iraqis pondered whether their own soldiers and police can maintain order if Shiite-Sunni violence flares again once the Americans have gone.

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