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Iraqi security forces inspect a crater created by a car-bomb attack in the neighborhood of Karrada in Baghdad. A series of blasts Thursday morning killed or wounded scores of people in coordinated explosions designed to wreak havoc in the capital. The last U.S. combat troops left the country on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Iraqi security forces inspect a crater created by a car-bomb attack in the neighborhood of Karrada in Baghdad. A series of blasts Thursday morning killed or wounded scores of people in coordinated explosions designed to wreak havoc in the capital. The last U.S. combat troops left the country on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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