Iraqis check the damage after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in northern Baghdad's Sadr City on May 17, 2016 security and medical officials said.AFP / Ahmad al-Rubaye
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Daesh (ISIS), on the defensive and under heavy pressure in Iraq, has struck back with bloody attacks in Baghdad, where persistent gaps in security increase the city's exposure.Daesh's attention was increasingly focused outside Baghdad after it overran large areas north and west of the city in 2014, and attacks in the capital decreased.Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for the international operation against Daesh, cited militant battlefield setbacks as the primary motivation for the increase in Baghdad attacks.The deadliest of the recent attacks were triple car bombings that hit Baghdad last Thursday, killing at least 94 people, while attacks in three areas of the city on Tuesday killed at least 48 more.Though bombings in Baghdad decreased after June 2014, Daesh never lost the ability to carry out attacks in the capital.
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