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Suicide bomber kills 34 at crowded Iraq checkpoint

A suicide bomber killed 34 people, including two state television employees, at a checkpoint near Baghdad Sunday, after Iraq's premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in the country. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in violence that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Iraqi PM Maliki says Saudi, Qatar openly funding violence in Anbar

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year.

Suicide bomber kills 18 at crowded Iraq checkpoint

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged minibus at a crowded checkpoint near Baghdad on Sunday, killing 18 people, after Iraq's premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in his country. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodletting that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 'war on Iraq'

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with Maliki also accusing Riyadh of supporting global terrorism, comes with Iraq embroiled in its worst prolonged period of bloodshed since 2008, with more than 1,800 people killed already this year, ahead of parliamentary elections due next month.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 'war on Iraq'

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, with Maliki also accusing Riyadh of supporting global terrorism, comes with Iraq embroiled in its worst prolonged period of bloodshed since 2008, with more than 1,800 people killed already this year, ahead of parliamentary elections due next month.

Militants seize Iraq city council HQ, take hostages

Militants seized the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and took employees hostage on Tuesday, officials said, the second such attack in recent months. The attack illustrates the impunity with which militants in Iraq can strike even targets that should be highly secure, as the country suffers its worst violence in years. Two militants, possibly wearing explosives-rigged vests or belts, seized the Samarra city council building on Tuesday morning with an unknown number of employees inside, security officials said.

Six members of security forces killed in Iraq

Attacks in predominantly Sunni Arab areas north and west of Baghdad on Sunday killed six people, all members of the security forces, the latest in a year-long surge in bloodshed. Less than two months before parliamentary elections, Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a period of brutal sectarian bloodletting that killed tens of thousands of people.

Iraq February toll falls but still one of worst in years

The death toll from violence in Iraq fell in February from the previous month, but was still one of the worst in years, new figures showed Saturday as Baghdad hosted an arms exhibition. Less than two months ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is suffering a year-long surge in violence to levels not seen since 2008, when it was emerging from a period of brutal sectarian bloodletting that killed tens of thousands.

Iraq police chief says suicide bomber kills prominent pro-government Sunni sheik in west

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police say a suicide bomber in western Iraq has killed a prominent pro-government tribal sheik as well as six of his militiamen. Police chief of the town of Haditha, Col. Farouq al-Jughaifi, said Friday that the bomber rammed his explosives-laden car late Thursday into the guesthouse of Sheik Saeed Fleih al-Osman — a councilman and a leader for the town's anti-al-Qaida Sunni tribal militias. Al-Jughaifi added that five civilians were also wounded.

Baghdad bombings kill 12

Bombings in north Baghdad killed 12 people on Thursday, officials said, the latest blasts to strike the capital as Iraq struggles with its worst violence in years. In the deadliest attack, an explosives-rigged motorcycle killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 35 in a motorcycle market in the largely-Shiite Sadr City district. And a car bomb in Sadr City killed at least one person and wounded at least five. The Iraqi capital is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings, including periodic coordinated car bomb attacks that leave dozens of people dead.
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