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Car Bombings Kill Dozens of People in Amara

Coordinated car bombings in the southern Iraqi city of Amara have left at least 40 dead and more than 100 wounded.

Earlier this year, British forces handed over security duties in Amara and surrounding Maysan province to Iraqi government troops. A similar handover in neighboring Basra province is set for early next week, raising fears of more violence in the largely Shiite region.

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Special correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and read at From 2012 until 2018 Nelson was NPR's bureau chief in Berlin. She won the ICFJ 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award for her work in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.