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Bombs Hit Baghdad as Iraq Violence Moves Into Second Week

• Jason Ditz via

Bombings tore through the Shi’ite portions of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad today, killing dozens and adding to fears that last week’s eruption of sectarian violence is just the beginning of a new civil war.

Iraq’s government has also announced a 48-hour closure of the Jordanian border, nominally for “urgent internal reasons,” but sparking immediate speculation from Sunni protesters that it is punishment for their demonstrations. Iraq’s Sunni provinces rely on trade with Jordan.

Last week’s protests started with a general strike across Sunni Arab provinces, and was quickly met with a violent crackdown on one of the protest sites, and mass resignations for Sunni officials from the government in protest.

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