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Car Bombs Kill 17 in Baghdad           09/19 06:45

   BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and 
markets in the Iraqi capital killed at least 17 people Friday, officials said, 
in the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on Islamic miltiants 
who have seized large parts of the country.

   In the deadliest attack, a parked, explosives-packed car detonated near the 
al-Mubarak mosque in downtown Baghdad's mostly Shiite district of Karradah, 
killing eight people and wounding 18 others, police said.

   Cars later exploded in two outdoor markets, one in the Shiite suburb of 
Nahrawan, the other in the Shiite disitrct of Bayaa. The attacks killed nine 
people and wounded 23, according to police. Medical officials confirmed the 
casualty tolls. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were 
not authorized to brief the media.

   Friday's attacks came a day after a series of deadly attacks, mainly in 
Shiite areas in Baghdad, which left dozens of people killed.

   The extremist Islamic State group, which considers Shiites heretics, has 
captured large chunks of territory in western and northern Iraq, plunging the 
country into its worst crisis since U.S. troops left at the end of 2011. U.S. 
warplanes have been carrying out airstrikes against the group as Iraqi and 
Kurdish security forces work to retake territory it has seized.


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