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August 24, 2014 3:35 PM

In Kurdish Irbil, first car bomb raises fears of onslaught by Islamic State militants

The car bomb that exploded along a busy Irbil thoroughfare Saturday evening was the first attack on the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region since the Islamic State took control of much of adjacent Iraqi Arab territory in mid June, and immediately shocked the city, which has long been considered an oasis of stability and security in northern Iraq.

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