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May 20, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Car bombs around Iraq killed at least 65 people Monday amid the worst wave of violence in the country since U.S. troops withdrew a year and a half ago. The attacks, which occurred along busy commercial streets in Shiite and Sunni areas, followed a string of bombings and other attacks last week that killed more than 200 people. The ongoing violence has stoked the impression among Iraqis that the country is sliding back into chaos reminiscent of the civil war that claimed tens of thousands of lives between 2005 and 2008.
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WORLD
May 20, 2013 | By Aziz Alwan
BAGHDAD -- Car bombs around Iraq killed at least 65 people Monday as the country's worst wave of violence since U.S. troops withdrew a year and a half ago continued. The attacks that occurred by busy commercial streets in Shiite and Sunni areas followed a string of bombings last week that killed more than 200 people. The ongoing violence has stoked the impression among ordinary Iraqis that the country is sliding back into chaos reminiscent of the civil war that claimed thousands of lives between 2005 and 2008.
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May 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car-bomb attacks in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The strikes have stunned Turkey and exacerbated already-high tensions between the neighboring nations about the civil war raging inside Syria. Turkish officials have publicly linked the bombings to Syria's intelligence service -- a charge denied Sunday by Omran al-Zoubi, the Syrian information minister.
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May 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car bomb attacks in southern Turkey that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The bombings provided a worrisome indication of how the civil war in Syria is increasingly spilling into neighboring countries. In another development, a Syrian rebel group on Sunday reportedly released four United Nations peacekeepers seized along the Golan Heights border with Israel. The abduction left Israeli officials concerned that such incidents could cause peacekeepers to pull out, leaving no buffer zone between the two countries.
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May 11, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A pair of car bombs left 18 dead and dozens injured in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli, the latest apparent example of spillover violence from the conflict  in nearby Syria, according to authorities and reports in the Turkish press. The blasts reportedly caused panic in the town, where there have been tensions between Syrian refugees and Turkish residents. Reyhanli, in Hatay province, is just a few miles from the Syrian border and has been a magnet  for Syrian refugees.
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May 11, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - At least 42 people were reported dead Saturday in a pair of car bombings in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli, the latest apparent example of spillover violence from the conflict in nearby Syria. More than 140 people were injured, with at least 20 in critical condition, according to Turkish officials and news reports. The blasts reportedly caused panic in the town, where tension has arisen between Syrian refugees and Turkish residents. Reyhanli, in Hatay province, is just a few miles from the Syrian border and has been a magnet for Syrian refugees and rebels.
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April 30, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A powerful bomb exploded Tuesday in the center of Damascus, authorities said, causing dozens of casualties and marking the second consecutive day that a deadly explosion rocked the Syrian capital. The official Syrian news agency reported that at least 13 people were killed and more than 70 were injured in Tuesday's blast in the Marjeh district in historic central Damascus. The death toll was expected to rise. Official media denounced the attack as a “hideous massacre” and blamed “terrorists,” the government's term for rebels fighting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.
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April 29, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BAGHDAD -- Shiite-dominated areas in Iraq's southern and central regions were rocked Monday by a series of car bombs that killed at least 22 people and fueled fears that the country is sliding into a civil war. The bombings -- particularly in the city of Amarah, which has largely avoided such attacks -- appeared aimed at jarring the country's Shiite majority. Many were alarmed last week by scenes of armed Sunni men battling Iraqi forces around the country and the announcement of a Sunni tribal army to defend the western Anbar province against the Shiite-led government.
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April 29, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syria's prime minister survived a bomb attack Monday that targeted his convoy in the capital of Damascus, state media reported, in the latest apparent assassination attempt against a top official in the government of President Bashar Assad. Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi “is safe and he survived the explosion,” reported the official Syrian Arab News Agency. There were unconfirmed reports that the prime minister's bodyguard and several others were killed in the blast. Footage on state television showed several heavily damaged vehicles and debris scattered along a major street in the Mazzeh district, an upscale neighborhood in western Damascus that is home to many senior officials and diplomats.
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