Iraqi security forces inspect the site of Tuesday's car bomb attack on al-Muthna bridge at Taji, north of Baghdad March 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)
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A series of bombings targeting commercial areas of Baghdad killed 22 people as residents were heading out on the town Thursday evening in a new spasm of violence to strike the Iraqi capital, according to Iraqi officials.The attacks happened within minutes of each other, suggesting a coordinated assault favored by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida-inspired group that is behind much of the bloodshed in Iraq.Violence has escalated in Iraq over the past year.
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