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Blast at Iraqi Recruiting Center Kills 21 as Insurgency Mounts

A man walked into a crowd of Iraqi army recruits in central Baghdad on Tuesday and blew himself up, killing at least 21 people and wounding at least 27. The death toll has reached 168 in Iraq since the Jan. 30 parliamentary elections, and Iraqi security forces have borne the brunt of the violence.Of 153 Iraqis reported killed in the past nine days, 106 were soldiers, police officers or army and police recruits, according to figures released by the U.S. military and Iraqi authorities. Fifteen U.S. soldiers have been killed in that period. The violence suggests that the election, despite a larger-than-predicted turnout, has not slowed a grinding insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis. In addition, the Pentagon reports that there have been 1,302 military deaths since the end of major combat operations on May 1, 2003. Attacks appear to have surged in such cities as Baghdad and Mosul, where security was increased significantly for the elections.Full Story

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