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An Iraqi solider stands guard at the scene of an attack in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday. A car bomb ripped through a market in the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed and injured scores on Tuesday, officials said. (Associated Press)

An Iraqi solider stands guard at the scene of an attack in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday. A car bomb ripped through a market in the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed and injured scores on Tuesday, officials said. (Associated Press)

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