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Attacks thwart heightened Baghdad security

Qassim Abdul-Zahra reports for the Associated Press:

Iraq is deploying an unprecedented number of security forces to protect the capital for an upcoming meeting of the Arab world's top leaders, a top official said Monday even as insurgents proved their continued threat by killing 14 people in a handful of attacks.

Citizens and lawmakers questioned whether Baghdad would be safe during the annual Arab League summit that is scheduled for the end of the month. Iraq's Shiite-led government hopes the meeting will show the world that the nation has achieved stability after years of sectarian fighting that nearly plunged into civil war.

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