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Mideast Iraq Qaidas Resurgence-3

In this Oct. 11, 2013 photo, Nasser Waleed Ali talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. First came the ball of fire, the man recalled, then the victims' screams. The suicide bomb blast that knocked him to the ground, peppered him with shrapnel, and killed over 50 was just one of many bearing the stamp of al-Qaida. Aiming to sow instability and looking stronger than in years, the group relentlessly carries out mass-casualty attacks several times a month. Recent prison breaks have bolstered its ranks, and the chaos caused by the civil war in neighboring Syria is fueling its comeback. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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