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Officer dies in helicopter crash as Iraq violence kills 7

A senior army officer died when his helicopter crashed due to a malfunction, the defence ministry said, as violence in Iraq killed seven people on Tuesday. Iraq is suffering a protracted surge in violence that has claimed more than 2,550 lives this year. The heightened unrest has been driven mainly by widespread anger among the Sunni Arab minority, who say they are mistreated by the Shiite-led government and security forces. It has also been fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Iraqis in resort town face return to Anbar unrest

When fighting erupted in Iraq's Anbar province in December, Abu Mohammed fled with his family to a virtually empty summer resort far to the north to take advantage of its off-season rates and wait out the conflict. But high season is about to begin in Shaqlawa, nestled beneath the Safin Mountains nearly 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) up, a place where Iraqis seek to escape scorching summer temperatures. So naturally, hoteliers and landlords are starting to raise their rates.

Iraq attacks kill nine as election looms

Attacks in Baghdad and predominantly Sunni Arab areas of northern and western Iraq killed nine people on Friday, the latest in a surge of bloodshed ahead of a general election. The shootings and bombings, which also wounded dozens more, came with campaigning in full swing for the April 30 election and with violence at its highest level since 2008.

Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad

Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections. The firefight was the latest in a surge in bloodshed over the past year, amid fears insurgents could seek to destabilise the April 30 polls by upping the pace of attacks with violence already at its worst since 2008. The bloodshed comes with campaigning under way for the elections, Iraq's first since March 2010, which the UN's special envoy has warned will be "highly divisive".

Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad

Iraqi security forces killed more than 40 militants on Thursday in clashes in a town southwest of Baghdad, the interior ministry said in a statement. The firefight in the town of Yusifiyah also left one army officer dead, the statement said, adding that two heavy machineguns, 15 rifles and five grenade launchers were seized, along with other equipment.

Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad

Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections. The firefight was the latest in a surge in bloodshed over the past year, amid fears insurgents could seek to destabilise the April 30 polls by upping the pace of attacks with violence already at its worst since 2008. The bloodshed comes with campaigning underway ahead of the elections, Iraq's first since March 2010, which the UN's special envoy has warned will be "highly divisive".

Iraq attacks kill 14 as UN warns of 'divisive' polls

Attacks against security forces killed 14 people Wednesday as the UN's envoy to Iraq warned that the country's election campaign would be "highly divisive" amid a year-long surge in bloodshed. The attacks came on the second day of campaigning for April 30 parliamentary polls, Iraq's first since March 2010. Violence is at its highest since 2008 and the country is still struggling to rebuild its battered economy and infrastructure after decades of conflict.

Iraq suicide bomb kills 6 as UN warns of 'divisive' polls

A suicide bomber killed six army recruits Wednesday as the UN's envoy to Iraq warned that the country's election campaign would be "highly divisive" amid a year-long surge in bloodshed. The attack came on the second day of campaigning for April 30 parliamentary polls, Iraq's first since March 2010. Violence is at its highest since 2008 and the country is still struggling to rebuild its battered economy and infrastructure after decades of conflict.

Iraq suicide bomb kills 6 as UN warns of 'divisive' polls

A suicide bomber killed six army recruits Wednesday as the UN's envoy to Iraq warned that the country's election campaign would be "highly divisive" amid a year-long surge in bloodshed. The attack came on the second day of campaigning for April 30 parliamentary polls, Iraq's first since March 2010. Violence is at its highest since 2008 and the country is still struggling to rebuild its battered economy and infrastructure after decades of conflict.

UN envoy warns of 'divisive' Iraq election campaign

Campaigning for Iraq's April 30 elections will be "highly divisive" as parties appeal to their sectarian bases at a time of worsening violence, the UN's envoy to Baghdad has warned. Nickolay Mladenov also pushed for Iraqi leaders to urgently pass a much-delayed annual budget within two weeks, noting that further postponing the spending bill would badly impact on drawing much-needed business and investment to the country.
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