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Overall, attacks have dropped sharply nationwide since Iraq threatened to dissolve into civil war five years ago. Violence recently waned since the run-up to the Arab League summit that was held in Baghdad at the end of March. But bombings and deadly shootings across Iraq are still common.

Iraq’s fragile coalition government has threatened to break down for months, beginning right after U.S. troops withdrew from the country in late December.


Associated Press Writers Lara Jakes and Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed to this report.