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Car bomb kills four in Iraqi market near border with Kuwait

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 01:01

June 11 - A car bomb explodes near the southern Shi'ite city of Basra, Iraq, killing at least four people as violence escalates in a situation the US calls ''grave.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A car bomb exploded near Iraq's southern Shi'ite city of Basra Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than a dozen others. The attack comes against the backdrop of escalating violence in Iraq. Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit Wednesday. Insurgent forces have also taken control of Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city. Their rapid advance against the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad, is raising concerns in the U.S., says State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JEN PSAKI STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SAYING: "The situation is certainly very grave on the ground. We are working with Iraqi leaders across the country to support a coordinated response. You can expect that we will provide additional assistance to the iraqi government to combat the threat from ISIL but I am not in a position to outline that further at this point." In May alone nearly 800 people were killed across Iraq, the highest monthly toll so far this year -- with no end to the violence in sight.

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Car bomb kills four in Iraqi market near border with Kuwait

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 01:01