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A wave of explosions rock Iraqi cities

An Iraqi man helps his son who is headed to school at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. A wave of explosions rocked mainly Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad shortly after sunset on Monday, killing and wounding scores of people. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

A wave of explosions rock Iraqi cities

Yahoo News

A powerful jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda has opened a new battlefront with Iraqi security forces that could see it try to push into Baghdad, officials and analysts warn.

The latest clashes, just weeks before parliamentary elections, raise key questions over the capacity of the army and police to repel militant attacks.

Anti-government fighters currently hold all of Fallujah, a town that is just a short drive from Baghdad, and other pockets of territory. (AFP)

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