Iraq fighting disrupts economy across nation

Drivers skirt dangerous crossroads

Posted: May 12, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

A man sits in front of his shop that was damaged in a Saturday car bomb attack near a Kebab restaurant, in the mainly Shiite Habibiya neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, May 11, 2014. A series of bombings on Saturday in Iraq killed and wounded scores of people, a day after army shelling killed many civilians and gunmen in the militant-held city of Fallujah, authorities said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD -- Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province, now in its fifth month, appears to have bogged down, with government forces unable to drive out Islamic militants who took over one of the area's main cities. But the effect is being felt much further, with the repercussions rippling through the country's economy to hit consumers and businesses.

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