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Baghdad Mosque Bombings Kill 29

Bad news out of Baghdad: As worshippers left their Friday prayers, multiple bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques, killing at least 29 and wounding dozens more. The Associated Press reports that the deadliest of the explosions struck a Shiite mosque in the neighborhood of Shaab, killing at least 20 and wounding 17 more, while almost simultaneous explosions killed four and wounded 17 at a Shiite mosque near the Diyala bridge in southern Baghdad. A roadside bomb wounded six worshippers near a third mosque in eastern Baghdad. The bombings ruined a period of relative calm in Baghdad. July has been one of the least deadly months in Iraq for both Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops since the war began in 2003.