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Briefly: Car-bomb attacks kill 20 in Shiite neighborhoods
BAGHDAD — Two cars exploded within five minutes of each other Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 57 in an upscale Shiite neighborhood in Iraq’s capital, officials said.
The afternoon’s double blast sent plumes of black smoke over Karradah, a busy shopping district across the Tigris River from the Green Zone. The sounds of gunshots could be heard from blocks away.
The violence brought the July death toll to 244 people killed in shootings and bombings in al Qaeda attacks, as the terror group seeks to take advantage of political instability in Iraq and move into areas it was forced out of before the U.S. military left the country in December.
Tuesday’s explosions came in the middle of Baghdad’s rush-hour as streets were clogged with people heading home from work.
Police said the first car blew up near a restaurant at a Karradah square, and down the street from a police station and a security checkpoint. Six people were killed and 21 wounded.
Five minutes later, the second car blew up outside a passport office a few miles away, killing 14 and injuring 36.
The attack also came about 400 yards from a major Interior Ministry headquarters.
Draft exemptions to endfor ultra-Orthodox men
Ehud Barak appeared to be buying time on the politically explosive order by giving the military a month to craft a plan to implement it.
Mr. Barak issued the order hours before a law that exempts tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox men from serving was due to expire.
The government is struggling to find a formula to end the exemptions but has been unable to bridge differences between religious and secular parties in the ruling coalition.
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