Mideast Iraq Violence

July 14, 2013 - 2:36 PM
Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 14, 2013. A wave of explosions tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities south of Baghdad shortly before the Muslim faithful broke their Ramadan fasts, killing tens of people and wounding dozens, according to officials. The bombings are part of a sudden surge of violence that has brought Iraq to the brink of all-out sectarian conflict. (AP Photo/ Nabil al-Jurani)