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Twenty Killed In Iraq Mortar Attack

In Iraq, at least 20 people have been reported killed in a mortar attack south of the capital, Baghdad.

Reports said five mortar rounds landed on February 20 in a residential area of Masayyib, a town described as mainly populated by Shi'ite Muslims.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

Iraq's Shi'ite majority has been frequently targeted by Sunni Muslim insurgents seeking to weaken the Shi'ite-led government.

More than 1,500 people have been reported killed in attacks and clashes so far this year in Iraq, many in connection with sectarian-linked conflict.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP