MEANWHILE, IN IRAQ

Baghdad's Deadly Month

After a lull in violence, a string of recent suicide bombings has put citizens in Baghdad back on edge. April was the deadliest month in Iraq since last September, according to official figures, though the overall number of attacks is low compared to previous years. Playgrounds are emptying out, and cell phones are ringing more often than usual with concerned family members checking in. A series of headline-grabbing suicide attacks has restored a somber mood to the city. And while the anxiety is palpable, Iraqis are still confident that their army will be able to handle the scheduled U.S. military withdrawal on June 30. Said one mother: “I feel a shadow of danger on the horizon, that the old days are coming back again."