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Middle East Islamic State claims responsibility for two Baghdad hotel bombings, killing 15

Two separate car bombs went off late Thursday in the parking lots of two prominent hotels in Baghdad. The ability of the IS militants to target heavily secured buildings in the heart of the capital brutally underscored the city's lingering vulnerability.

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The death toll from car bombs that targeted two prominent hotels in Baghdad a day earlier rose to 15 people, with another 42 wounded, Iraqi officials said Friday, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.