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Iraq tightens security as Al-Qaeda claims deadly blasts

By Prashant Rao / AFP BAGHDAD: Key routes in Baghdad were locked down Wednesday as Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly blasts targeting security for a landmark Arab summit next week. The tightened measures came a day after nationwide gun and bomb attacks killed 50 people and left 255 others …

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Explosions across Iraq kill at least 43

By Kareem Raheem and Aseel Kami / Reuters BAGHDAD: At least 16 near-simultaneous explosions struck cities and towns across Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200, despite a massive security clampdown ahead of next week’s Arab League summit. It was Iraq’s deadliest day in nearly a month, and the breadth …

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Islamists claim Iraq attack that killed at least 27

By Nour Merza / Reuters DUBAI: An Iraqi Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for attacks in western Iraq on March 5 that killed dozens of policemen, a statement posted on Islamist websites said late on Thursday. Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in and around the western Iraqi city of Haditha, killing …

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‘Qaeda fighters’ kill 26 police in west Iraq

By Bassim Al-Anbari / AP HADITHA: Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen, some wearing army uniforms, raged through a western Iraq city Monday in a pre-dawn shooting spree that killed 26 policemen, including two officers shot execution-style. The assault, launched at about 2:00 am (2300 GMT on Sunday), saw insurgents dressed in military uniforms simultaneously attacking two checkpoints in the …

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Bombs kill six as Iraq says 70,000 dead 2004-2011

By W.G. Dunlop / AFP BAGHDAD: Car bombs in Iraq killed six people on Wednesday as authorities released figures showing nearly 70,000 people died in violence from 2004 to 2011, markedly fewer than numbers from other sources. The latest bloodshed comes a month before Baghdad hosts an Arab summit, the first such non-emergency Arab meeting to …

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Rapid attacks across Iraq kill 50 people

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub / AP BAGHDAD: A rapid series of attacks spread over a wide swath of Iraqi territory killed at least 50 people on Thursday, targeting mostly security forces in what appeared to be another strike by Al-Qaeda insurgents bent on destabilizing the country. The apparently coordinated bombings and shootings unfolded …

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Iraq bombs kill eight in worst violence in weeks

BAGHDAD: Bombings against a policeman’s home and three mosques killed eight people and wounded 13 on Friday, security officials said, in the worst violence to hit Iraq in weeks. A bomb targeting the home of a policeman in the Saqlawiya district outside the one-time insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, about 60 km (37.5 miles) west of …

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Death toll in Baghdad’s twin bombings rises to 32

BAGHDAD: The death toll of a twin bombing in a Shia neighborhood in Baghdad rose on Friday to 32 — the worst violence to hit Iraq since President Barack Obama last week said all American forces would leave the country by the end of this year. The two blasts, which took place Thursday evening at …

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