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Jul 20, 2013 8:58 PM by Monica Gouty

Nearly 50 killed as violence rocks Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - A surge of bloodshed that's rocked Iraq for months is reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian killings that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

On Saturday night, seven car bombs exploded on bustling commercial streets in the Shiite areas of Baghdad. The blasts were part of a relentless wave of violence Saturday that killed at least 46 people inside and outside the Iraqi capital.

The bombs detonated after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. Many people head out to shop or relax in coffee shops in the cooler evenings after fasting ends.

According to an Associated Press count, more than 250 people have been killed in bombings and other attacks since the start of Ramadan on July 10.

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