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10 Die in attacks and Iraqi police find six bodies

Baghdad, Feb 9 (EFE).- At least 10 people died Sunday, six of them police officers, in several attacks in central Iraq, where authorities also found six other bodies, most of them members of pro-government Sunni militia groups. Police told Efe that the six police officers lost their lives in an attack by an armed group on a checkpoint in the Al Yankaya area, in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad. The attackers, who used weapons equipped with silencers, managed to flee the scene after they struck.

Iraq attacks kill nine including election candidate

Attacks in Baghdad and north of the capital killed nine people on Friday, including a supporter of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who was standing in April's parliamentary election. The murder of Hamza al-Shammari, the first of an election candidate, comes amid a protracted surge in bloodshed with near-daily attacks nationwide and security forces battling anti-government fighters in Anbar province. Election candidates have been targeted in the past, with nearly 20 hopefuls killed ahead of April 2013 provincial council elections.

7 bombs hit Baghdad as US lawmakers slam Maliki

Seven bombs ripped through Baghdad killing seven people Thursday, hours after American lawmakers criticised the slow pace of political reconciliation in Iraq which they said was stoking the worsening violence. The blasts, which mostly targeted Shiite-majority neighbourhoods of the capital, come amid the country's deadliest protracted period of unrest since 2008 as security forces grapple with near-daily attacks and battle militants in Anbar province.

Iraq illegally detains thousands of women, tortures many-HRW

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Thursday. Many women were detained for months or even years without charge before seeing a judge, HRW said, and security forces often questioned them about their male relatives' activities rather than crimes in which they themselves were implicated.

Iraqi PM under fire amid 'insanity' of suicide bombings

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came under fire from US lawmakers Wednesday for the slow pace of political reconciliation and links to Iran, said to fuel a wave of suicide bombings. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives gathered to assess the threat of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and its offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as a new round of bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 33 people.

Baghdad bombs, including near Green Zone, kill 33

Bombings in Baghdad, including three near the heavily fortified Green Zone and the foreign ministry, killed 33 people Wednesday, prompting US lawmakers to criticise the slow pace of reconciliation efforts. The attacks, which also wounded dozens, came as security forces battled militants in the western province of Anbar, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.

Iraqi PM under fire amid 'insanity' of suicide bombings

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came under fire from US lawmakers Wednesday for the slow pace of political reconciliation and links to Iran, which they said was fuelling a wave of suicide bombings. House lawmakers gathered to assess the threat of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and its affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq the Levant (ISIL) as a new round of bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 33 people.

US to advise Iraq on securing oil infrastructure

The United States is to provide Iraq with technical support to help it secure its oil export infrastructure, which accounts for the lion's share of government revenues,officials said Wednesday. The cooperation comes with Baghdad looking to dramatically ramp up crude sales to fund much-needed reconstruction of its conflict-battered economy, but facing repeated attacks on its pipeline infrastructure, including one on Wednesday.

Baghdad bombs, one near foreign ministry, kill 24

Three explosions in Baghdad, including one opposite the foreign ministry, killed 24 people on Wednesday, the latest in the country's worst surge of violence in nearly six years. The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.

Baghdad bombs, one near foreign ministry, kill 19

Three explosions in Baghdad, including a car bomb opposite the foreign ministry, killed 19 people Wednesday, the latest in the worst surge of violence in nearly six years. The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.
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