Latest Baghdad bombing jeopardizes diverse neighborhood

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s deadliest single bombing in 13 years of war has turned the Baghdad district where it took place into the centerpiece in an increasingly bitter rivalry between the country’s prime minister and its Iranian-backed Shiite militias eager to hold sway over the city’s most diverse and prosperous area.

Karradah, a commercial hub on the east bank of the Tigris River, long had a reputation as one of Baghdad’s most diverse neighborhoods. Though it has a Shiite majority, it boasts large Sunni Muslim and Christian communities and has the largest number of churches in a single Baghdad neighborhood. It was home to much of Iraq’s once large Jewish community, which mostly left the country by the 1950s.

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