Sunday, February 18, 2007

Deadly Baghdad blasts send grim message

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Deadly Baghdad blasts send grim message

By BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 50 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Militants struck back Sunday in their first major blow against a U.S.-led security clampdown in Baghdad with car bombings that killed at least 63 people, left scores injured and sent a grim message to officials boasting that extremist factions were on the run.

The attacks in mostly Shiite areas — twin explosions in an open-air market that claimed 62 lives and a third blast that killed one — were a sobering reminder of the challenges confronting any effort to rattle the well-armed and well-hidden insurgents.

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