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More than 90 killed in three Iraq car bomb attacks

More than 90 people have been killed and many more have been injured in three separate car bomb explosions in Iraq.

The first targeted a crowded market during rush hour in a predominately Shi'ite Muslim area of eastern Baghdad, killing more than 60. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second exploded at the entrance to Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, killing at least 15.

A third in western Baghdad has killed at least seven.

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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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