Car Bomb Kills 15 in Iraq
Explosion in country's south ahead of US withdrawal
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 5:31 AM CDT
People gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in Shula, Baghdad, Iraq, last month.    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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(Newser) – A car bomb exploded in the middle of a market district in a Shiite neighborhood of southern Iraq today, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens of others. The explosion occurred in the town of Bathaa, the scene of fierce battles between Shiite militia factions that had been relatively peaceful since a ceasefire. The explosion is the latest worrying sign about Iraqi security ahead of the US military's withdrawal from urban areas on June 30.