18 bodies found in echoes of Iraq’s sectarian war

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BAGHDAD: The bodies of 18 people kidnapped by men in army uniforms were found abandoned north of Baghdad on Friday, the latest troubling sign of worsening violence in Iraq. Many of the bodies found had been blindfolded and showed signs of torture. More than 6,000 people have been killed this year, forcing Baghdad to appeal for international help in battling militancy just months before a general election, as official concern focuses on a resurgent al-Qaeda emboldened by the civil war raging in neighboring Syria.

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