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IS Bombings in Baghdad, Near Iraqi Capital Kill at Least 24

This image made from Associated Press video shows, smoke billowing through the air during an offensive by Iraqi military forces into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. (AP Video via AP)
This image made from Associated Press video shows, smoke billowing through the air during an offensive by Iraqi military forces into Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants in Iraq, Monday, May 30, 2016. (AP Video via AP)

BAGHDAD—A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 24 people in...




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  • FILE - This file still image taken from video posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows some personal belongings and other wreckage from EgyptAir flight 804 in Egypt. Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP, File)

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  • An Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor. In a statement sent to media Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour's deputies. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in front of a burning car at the scene where suicide bombers blew themselves up, in the coastal town of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Syrian TV said suicide bombers blew themselves followed by a car bomb in a parking lot packed during morning rush hour. (SANA via AP)

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  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, centre, along with other leaders pose for a photograph at the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016. World leaders and representatives of humanitarian organisations from across the globe converge in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016 for the first World Humanitarian Summit, focused on how to reform a system many judge broken. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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  • This picture posted Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman shows a life vest from EgyptAir flight 804. (Egyptian Armed Forces via AP)

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    Egypt Army Says Plane Wreckage Found Near Alexandria

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  • Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top U.S. commander in Baghdad, speaks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 20, 2016. Bolstered by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi ground forces have recaptured the southwestern town of Rutba after Islamic State fighters who had occupied the town for nearly two years fled or put up only light resistance, U.S. military officers said Friday. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

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  • Members of the Iraqi government forces battle with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters east of Ramadi, after they took control of the agricultural area surrounding the eastern part of the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province on Jan. 12, 2016. Iraqi forces continue to clear the city and evacuate civilians two weeks after declaring victory against ISIS, security officials said. (Moadh al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images)

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