BAGHDAD — Baghdad area residents awoke to a coordinated wave of bombings mainly targeting Shiite areas, and seven members of a single family were killed as they slept in an apparently sectarian attack in Iraq on Wednesday. At least 66 were killed and many more are wounded in total.
As increasingly common large-scale attacks grip the country, Iraqi officials are bracing for further fallout from the Syrian civil war raging across their western border. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that he has put his government on high alert ahead of a possible military strike on Syria.
Wednesday's string of morning attacks was the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has left thousands dead since April, marking the country's worst spate of bloodshed since 2008. Coordinated car bomb attacks have hit Baghdad repeatedly for several months, sometimes as often as twice per week.