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BAGHDAD - A series of car bombs targeting security forces killed at least 14 people across Iraq, leaving dozens wounded.

Car bombs and roadside devices exploded almost simultaneously in Baghdad and several other Iraqi cities.

The wave of attacks took place on the eve of the Islamic festival of Muharram, an important date on the Shia Muslim religious calendar, BBC News reports.

Al Jazeera also notes the symbolic character of the simultaneous attacks, which occurred just a day before the month of Muharram which marks the Islamic new year on the lunar calendar.

The deadliest explosion happened in the disputed and ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, where four bombs planted in parked cars went off simultaneously, killing nine people and wounding 30, Reuters reports.

About an hour later, another parked car bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol in the Sunni-dominated town of Hawija to the west of Kirkuk, killing five soldiers and wounding four others, AP reports.

In the southern city of Hilla, 100 kilometers south of the Iraqi capital, four people were killed in a car bomb blast, while another car bomb targeting an Interior Ministry official in central Baghdad killed one passer-by and wounded nine others.

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Mahsa Amini, Martyr Of An Iranian Regime Designed To Abuse Women

The 22-year-old is believed to have been beaten to death at a Tehran police station last week after "morality police" had reprimanded her clothing. The case has sparked the nation's outrage. But as ordinary Iranians testify, such beatings, torture and a home brand of misogyny are hallmarks of the 40-year Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Firouzeh Nordstrom

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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