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Insight: Iraq security forces outmatched as 'open war' returns

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The prison guards were counting inmates after the evening meal at Abu Ghraib jail when suddenly the lights went out. By the time they realized what was going on, the biggest combat operation by Iraqi insurgents in five years was under way.Full story

Wave of car bombings target Iraqi Shi'ites, killing 60

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Car bombs ripped through busy streets and markets in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents stepped up attacks this year. Full story

Iraq's worsening security woes hit local economy

Sunni truck driver Obeid Manaa had been hauling goods from neighboring countries to Baghdad for years but won't go near the Iraqi capital after a Shiite militia gave a very specific warning. Full story

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Gunmen kill five Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq

Suicide bomber kills 20 in Iraqi Sunni mosque

Pro-Assad militia kills Syrian reconciliation team in Homs

Bomb attacks on Sunni mosques in Iraq kill 23

In rural Syria, a rare peace threatened by sectarian war

Bomb kills two near mosque in Pakistan as attacks spread

Bomb hits Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan as attacks spread

Over 50 hurt as car bomb hits Hezbollah Beirut stronghold

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  A forgotten war in Iraq

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, joins The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd to talk about Iraq’s civil war.

  Sunnis' growing rage at Hezbollah role in Syria

Shi'ite Hezbollah has pledged its full support for Bashar Al Assad in his war against the largely Sunni rebel forces. This has sharpened the sectarian divides in Lebanon. As Channel 4’s Jonathan Rugman reports, there's been an increase in the cross-border attacks targeting Shia areas of Lebanon and

  Syria conflict spill-over threatening Iraq

Alex Wagner talks to David Wood and Zainab Salbi about the ripple effect of the clashes in Syria across the Middle East, and the fact that Iraq may be slipping back into conflict itself.

  Iraqi security forces storm Sunni protest camp

Deadly clashes erupt in Hawija after Iraqi security forces raid the Sunni protester camp located north of Baghdad. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  March 19: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

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