Attacks In Iraq Leave Dozens Dead

BAGHDAD (June 16, 2013)--A string of coordinated bombings and a shooting across Iraq killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens more Sunday.

Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas and caused most of the casualties.

The blasts hit half a dozen cities and towns in the south and center of the country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but they bore the hallmark of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which uses car bombs, suicide bombers and coordinated attacks, most aimed at security forces and members of Iraq's Shiite majority.

Violence has spiked sharply in Iraq in recent months and the death toll has risen to levels not seen since 2008.

Nearly 2,000 have been killed since the start of April, including more than 170 this month.

The surge in bloodshed accompanies rising sectarian tensions within Iraq and growing concerns that its unrest is being fanned by the Syrian civil war raging next door.

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