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26 killed as Iraq enters fourth year of war

Iraq marked the third anniversary of the US-led invasion with a fresh spate of killings, a deadlock over the new government and warnings of civil war as Shiites gathered in the south for a major religious ceremony. At least 26 people died in attacks around the country in a reminder of the endemic violence that has convulsed Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime and jeopardised US plans to install a showcase Arab democracy. In Baghdad, nine corpses showing signs of torture and gunshot wounds were found around the city in what has become a daily ritual following the February 22 dynamiting of a Shiite shrine in Samarra that ushered in a wave of sectarian violence. Full Story

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