A series of attacks struck Shi’ite neighborhoods in Baghdad early Tuesday, killing nine people and wounding 26, according to Iraqi officials. The attacks came as Iraqis prepare to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins later this week. Although violence has ebbed since the heights of the insurgency, Baghdad’s Shi’ite areas remain favorite targets for Sunni extremists who seek to ignite nationwide sectarian conflict.
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