37 killed in Iraq bombings

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BAGHDAD: Bombings in a Shiite-majority area of Baghdad and other attacks killed 37 people on Thursday (Friday in Manila), as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused neighboring states of backing jihadists in Iraq. The government has failed to curb a year-long surge in violence that has reached levels not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings in which tens of thousands died. The latest violence came as Maliki accused foreign states of backing a powerful jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq.

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