Timed Explosions Kill More than 50 in Baghdad

Residents of Baghdad are collecting bodies and clearing the rubble after a series of closely timed explosions devastated a major bazaar. More than 50 were killed and 250 wounded. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in months and it came near the end of one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq.

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Residents of Baghdad are collecting bodies and clearing the rubble after a series of closely timed explosions devastated a major bazaar - more than 50 were killed and 250 wounded. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in months, and it came near the end of one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq.

More than 300 Iraqis have been killed in bombings and attacks, and in a deadly pipeline explosion. The recent surge in attacks is raising questions about the effectiveness of a joint U.S.-Iraqi security operation that sent several thousand additional American troops into Baghdad.

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