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IS claim responsibility for car bomb attacks that kill over 90 in Baghdad

The so-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for all three car bomb attacks that have killed over 90 people in Baghdad.

The coordinated attacks in both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim areas marked the bloodiest day in the Iraqi city this year and authorities are fearing the death toll will rise.

A crowded market in Sadr City during the morning rush hour was struck first, followed by a car bomb that hit the entrance to the Kadhimiya District, whilst a third targeted a commercial thoroughfare in the western part of the city.

It is being reported that among the victims were a group of women visiting a beauty parlour, preparing for a wedding.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

US: Baghdad bombings 'desperate acts'

The commander of the combined joint forces in Iraq has called the recent bombings in Baghdad "desperate acts".

Speaking during a Pentagon briefing from Arlington, Virginia, US Major General Gary Volesky said: "As the enemy loses more and more terrain they resort to some of these desperate acts."

Major General Volesky also sent his condolences to the families who were affected by the bombings, but also denied suggestions the US would now leave Iraq:

This isn't the first time something like this has happened in Baghdad - in February there was an attack just as we were getting here.

The Iraqi security forces have not asked us for any assistance and frankly, they've got that well on hand.

Force protection is our first priority, and so we are fine here.

– US Major General Gary Volesky

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Third car bomb in Iraq kills 'at least seven'

The third car bomb took place in the western part of the city of Baghdad Credit: Google

A third car bomb has killed 'at least seven' people in Baghdad, according to police sources.

The most recent explosion took place in a commercial thoroughfare in the western district of the city, which is predominantly Sunni, and wounded a further 20 people.

Hours earlier, a car bomb targeted a crowded market in Sadr City during the morning rush hour, which was followed by an attack in the mostly Shi-ite Muslim district of Kadhimiya.

The so-called Islamic State have claimed it was behind the Sadr City attack.

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Senior ISIS official killed by coalition air strike in Iraq

A senior ISIS official has been killed by a US-led coalition air strike in Iraq. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

A senior so-called Islamic State (ISIS) official has been killed by a US-led coalition air strike in Iraq, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Abu Wahib, ISIS's chief military official in Anbar province and a former member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed on May 6, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the media.

The strike, which was on a vehicle carrying Abu Wahib, also known as Shakir Wahib, also killed three other ISIS members near the town of Rutba, Mr Cook said.

He added that Wahib's death "is another blow to ISIL's leadership that will further degrade it's ability to operate, especially in Anbar province."

Protesters leave Baghdad's Green Zone

The Green Zone protesters issued an escalating set of demands, including a parliamentary vote on a technocrat government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Protesters who have spent the last 24 hours camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone have begun to leave the heavily fortified area.

The protester's pledged to return next week to keep pressure on government. Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

It comes after hundreds of people stormed Iraq's government district on Saturday after lawmakers failed to meet for a vote on overhauling the regime.

The crowds, who issued demands for political reform before they left the Green Zone, pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure.

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