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Deadly Car Bombs Hit Baghdad

Iraqi officials say a wave of car bombs has hit predominantly Shi'ite areas in Baghdad, killing at least 40 people.

Dozens more were injured in the attacks on the evening of September 3.

The blasts hit civilian targets including mosques, busy markets, cafes, and ice-cream shops.

The deadliest single attack took place in Baghdad's Talbiya neighborhood where a car bomb near busy restaurants killed at least seven and wounded nearly 30 others.

The scale of the violence in recent months has risen to levels not seen since 2008 when the country was on the brink of civil war.

The United Nations has reported that more than 800 people were killed in violence across Iraq during the month of August.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters