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    Death Toll in Iraq Attacks Hits 115

    People inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City, Iraq, July 23, 2012.
    People inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City, Iraq, July 23, 2012.
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    Iraqi officials say at least 115 people have now died after Monday's massive string of attacks across the country.

    A car bomb exploded late Monday near a cafe in a Shi'ite neighborhood in the capital, Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 24 others.

    The wave of coordinated bombings and shootings wounded more than 200 people in 15 cities, in what was the deadliest day of violence in Iraq in more than two years.  The last time the casualty toll reached that high was on May 10, 2010.

    This Year's Deadliest Attacks in Iraq

    • Jul. 23: Bombing and shootings in Baghdad and across the country kill 115 people
    • Jul. 3:  Bombing across Iraq kills 40 people
    • Jun. 13: Bombings across Iraq targeting Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims kill at least 72 people
    • Jun. 4: Car bomb in Baghdad kills 23
    • Apr. 19: A mix of car and roadside bombs kills 35 across Iraq
    • Mar. 20: At least 12 near-simultaneous explosions erupt across Iraq, killing 46, wounding more than 200
    •  Feb. 23: Attacks in Baghdad and 11 other cities kill 55 people
    • Jan. 27: Car bomb near a funeral procession in Baghdad kills 31 people
    The worst attack Monday was in Taji, 20 kilometers north of Baghdad, where nearly 40 people were killed.

    There has been no claim of responsibility.

    The United States condemned the attacks, but said that despite the setback, Iraq is not nearly as violent a place as it was in the past.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Iraqi security forces have been trained and have the capacity to deal with their own security.

    The violence comes after jihadist websites posted a message Saturday, purportedly from the leader of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq, saying the group is starting a "new phase."  The audio message from a speaker identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says the Islamic State of Iraq is planning to attack court officials, and to free prisoners.

    In June, the group claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombings that killed 72 people and wounded nearly 260 others.

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    by: Sphingomonas from: United States
    July 24, 2012 10:07 AM
    I am curious to know how the photographer managed to record two guys picking their noses in the same shot.

    by: jeffmast from: McMinnville,Tennessee
    July 24, 2012 9:52 AM
    We knew that when the U.S. pulled out that Iraq would descend into an Islamic Hell because Islam is a religion of hate-no one but no one slaughters vmore Muslims than Muslims

    by: Ahmed Hiyaru from: Ethiopia
    July 24, 2012 9:35 AM
    What is the problem here? still doing such activities?

    by: Michael from: USA
    July 24, 2012 8:21 AM
    If the attackers want to issue in feudal rule, then they must adhere to the rule that states the vassals must be given complete access to economic, police/military, and government resources in order to properly serve the feudal lords. This gangland violence will never move up to that level of civilization

    by: Tony Hogben from: Bribie Island, Queensland
    July 24, 2012 7:02 AM
    ......what is the problem here.?......we were told "mission accomplished ".....some years ago.!!

    by: ali watts from: australia
    July 24, 2012 6:56 AM
    Yes thank you america and the coalition of the willing for invading a country without wmd and leaving the country in turmoil.So much for stabilizing iraq from a dictator.hundreds of thousands killed in the war and still dying whilst americans grieve the loss of innocent people in their own country due to the inbuilt gene of kill everyone.When is the so called creditable men of the world going to bring forward the war crimes act on the american government leaders that created this mayhem in iraq,do they get of scot freeyet everyone else faces charges against humanity as a lot off so called dictators do
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    by: ali watts from: australia
    July 25, 2012 2:37 AM
    Anonymous if this means that its alright for you americans to kill any other nations people without having to face charges then you are a typical yank and if my comments help stop you lunatics coming to australia let me repeat america with its inbuilt killing gene that is used to kill its own people and other innocent civillians around the world.Then you lot cry when the gene goes haywire and you kill your own at home without even thinking of what your people have done to other countries people ,yeah maybe suddham did deserve it but not the innocent ,so shove your comment where the sun don,t shine
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    by: Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 9:57 AM
    Yeah, Iraq was in a much better place when they where invading their neighbors and being ground under Saddam's boot.

    And way to poke us in the eye with the actions of 1 lunatic Joker fan. Your a heartless troll and bring down my high level of respect for Australia.
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    by: tom from: new york
    July 24, 2012 9:38 AM
    so much more complicated than that

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