July 27, 2006 -- Iraqi authorities say insurgents launched mortar attacks and detonated a car in central Baghdad today, killing at least 25 people.
At least 45 others were reported injured in the attacks, which came after U.S. President George W. Bush approved plans to redeploy U.S. troops into Baghdad to curb rising sectarian violence.
The explosions occurred in a religiously mixed neighborhood controlled by a major Shi'ite party.
Elsewhere in the Iraqi capital today, gunmen killed four security guards outside a Sunni mosque.
(AP, AFP, Reuters)
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SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment.
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