BAGHDAD (AP) — Another day of violence in and around Iraq's capital has left at least 74 people dead.
The latest set of large-scale sectarian attacks in Iraq came even as the government there went on "high alert," in case a possible Western strike in neighboring Syria increases Iraq's turmoil.
Most of today's attacks happened within minutes of each other, as people headed to work or were out shopping early in the day.
The attacks were carried out using cars packed with explosives, suicide bombers and other bombs that targeted parking lots, outdoor markets and restaurants. The attacks took place in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad.
The attacks bore the hallmarks of the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida.
A relentless wave of killing has left thousands dead in Iraq since April.
146-c-14-(Adam Schreck (shrehk), AP correspondent)-"possible civil war"-AP correspondent Adam Schreck reports that violence in Iraq seems to be steadily worsening. (28 Aug 2013)
<<CUT *146 (08/28/13)££ 00:14 "possible civil war"
APPHOTO ZHM102: An Iraqi soldier inspects the scene of a car bomb attack in the Sha'ab neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early Wednesday, killing scores and wounding many more, officials said. The blasts, which came in quick succession, targeted residents out shopping and on their way to work. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (28 Aug 2013)
<<APPHOTO ZHM102 (08/28/13)££