People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, January 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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The day after one of Iraq's bloodiest days for months, shoppers and drivers packed the streets of Baghdad Thursday, grimly aware that death can strike anywhere, any time.At least eight bombs hit the capital, mostly in Shiite districts, Wednesday, killing 40 people and wounding 88, while attacks elsewhere pushed the national death toll to 78 . Despite the almost daily carnage, Baghdad's 7 million people have no choice but to go about their lives.Two years after U.S. troops left Iraq, violence has climbed back to its highest levels since the Sunni-Shiite bloodletting of 2006-2007, when tens of thousands were killed.The U.N. says nearly 9,000 people died violently in Iraq last year, all but 1,050 of them civilians.
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