Iraq

Iraq Interior Ministry: Won't Let Al Qaeda Turn Country Into Syria

34 dead in car bombings across Baghdad as sectarian violence continues

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Car bomb attacks killed at least 34 people in Baghdad on Thursday but the Interior Ministry said it would not allow al Qaeda, which it blames for a surge in sectarian violence, to turn Iraq into another Syria.

More than 100 people were wounded in at least eight blasts, one of which was near the "Green Zone" diplomatic complex, part of a wave of bloodshed that has taken the monthly death toll in Iraq to the highest levels in five years.