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Deadly Car Bomb Blast in Southern Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq to depose then-dictator Saddam Hussein, violence still plagues the country.

A car bomb explosion in the southern port city of Basra Sunday killed at least 10 people and wounded another 16 people, according to the head of the Basra provincial council security committee.

Basra is a Shiite-dominated city and the center of the region's vast oil production, which fuels the Iraqi economy.

During the war, which began on March 20, 2003 and ended in December 2011, Basra was occupied by British forces.  It was also among the first cities to see a foreign military presence end as the war began to wind down.

Since then, Basra, like much of the southern part of the country, has escaped most of the post-war violence that has been concentrated in central and northern Iraq.

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