A man inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, June 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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Three days of major jihadist attacks around Iraq, including on a university, have left dozens dead in a stark display of militant strength and the country's enormous security challenges.Militants assaulted the city of Samarra, battled security forces in Mosul, took hundreds of hostages at Anbar University in Ramadi and carried out numerous other attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere. Powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has been blamed for most of the latest attacks, and is believed to be responsible for much of the violence in the country.The latest large-scale attacks began Thursday morning, when militants traveling in dozens of vehicles, some mounted with anti-aircraft guns, attacked the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, and occupied multiple areas.The attack prompted an assault by security forces that eventually freed the hostages but also led to an hourslong battle with militants.
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