Nightly News   |  January 05, 2012

Iraq bombings kill dozens

A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions less than three weeks since the U.S. troop withdrawal. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> speaking of american troops it was less than three weeks ago as you will recall as we covered here u.s. forces left iraq leaving a fragile situation there, one people fear could slip back into sectarian violence, perhaps civil war . today we saw clear evidence of just that kind of thing. it was a very bloody day in baghdad and elsewhere. at least 68 people killed. more than a hundred wounded in coordinated attacks by sunni insurgents against iraq shiites who now dominate the government there.