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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 …


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 …


US man captured by militia in Iraq released to UN

By Lara Jakes and Qassim Abdul-Zahra / AP BAGHDAD: Wearing a US Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen announced Saturday that he was being released from more than nine months of imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted US troops. The man did not identify himself. But at a bizarre …


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