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Ramadi attacks: Is Iraq heading for more sectarian bloodshed?

The two blasts hit government buildings in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, on Wednesday, leaving more than 20 people dead and nearly 60 people injured. Officials blame Al Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks.

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An Iraqi policeman inspects the site of a bombing in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday.

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One of the largest coordinated bombings to hit Iraq in recent months shook the central city of Ramadi on Wednesday morning. The two blasts hit government buildings in the provincial capital of Anbar Province, leaving more than 20 people dead and nearly 60 people injured.

The governor of Anbar was among those wounded in the attack, and security officials say he may have been the bombers’ primary target. Officials are blaming Al Qaeda in Iraq for the attack.

The bombings in Ramadi underscore the increasing instability in Iraq as the US continues to reduce its military presence and the nation prepares for national elections in March. Many of the sectarian issues that divided Iraq during the worst of the fighting in 2006 and 2007 continue to plague the fledging government, which many Iraqis still perceive as too heavily dominated by a Shiite majority.

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