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Al-Qaeda group claims attack on Iraq TV station

An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group claimed an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters that killed five journalists, while the UN envoy on Tuesday condemned the targeting of media in Iraq. At the direction of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's "war ministry," militants attacked "the headquarters of the Salaheddin satellite (channel) which... distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people," the group said on online jihadist forums.

Qaeda-linked group claims attack on Iraq TV station

An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group claimed an attack on an Iraqi television station headquarters that killed five journalists, while the UN and US Tuesday condemned the targeting of media in Iraq. At the direction of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's "war ministry," militants attacked "the headquarters of the Salaheddin satellite (channel) which... distorts the facts and fights the Sunni people," the group said on online jihadist forums.

Bomb hits Iraq defence minister's convoy, wounds two

A bomb struck the acting Iraqi defence minister's convoy west of Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding two of his guards, the ministry said. The roadside bomb hit Saadun al-Dulaimi's convoy as it travelled between Fallujah and Ramadi, "wounding two of his guards and damaging one of the vehicles," the ministry said on its website. It did not specify whether or not Dulaimi was travelling in the convoy, but a senior defence ministry official told AFP that he was not present at the time of the attack.

Bomb hits Iraq defence minister's convoy, wounds two

A bomb struck the acting Iraqi defence minister's convoy west of Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding two of his guards, the ministry said. The roadside bomb hit Saadun al-Dulaimi's convoy as it travelled between Fallujah and Ramadi, "wounding two of his guards and damaging one of the vehicles," spokesman Mohammed al-Askari was quoted as saying. Askari did not specify whether or not Dulaimi was travelling in the convoy at the time of the attack.

Iraq forces destroy militant camps in Anbar

The Iraqi military attacked camps belonging to an Al-Qaeda-linked militant group in Anbar province, destroying two, the defence ministry said on Monday. After locating camps with aircraft, Iraqi forces launched "successful strikes... resulting in the destruction of two camps in the desert of Anbar," spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said in an statement. The assaults came after five senior officers, including a divisional commander, and 10 soldiers were killed during an operation against militants in the mainly Sunni western province of Anbar.

Army officers among 17 dead as Syria fuels Iraq violence

Mortar fire killed four officers and two soldiers near Baghdad and 11 people died in violence elsewhere Monday as officials said unrest in Iraq was fuelled by the Syrian war. A brigade commander was among those killed by the mortar attack on an Iraqi army base in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, security officials said. Two days before, five senior officers, including a division commander, and 10 soldiers were killed during an operation against militants in the mainly Sunni western province of Anbar.

Shelling kills four Iraq army officers, two soldiers

Mortar rounds struck an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad on Monday, killing four officers and two soldiers, security officials said. A brigade commander was among the dead in the attack, which took place in the Abu Ghraib area, the sources said. The deaths came two days after five senior officers, including a division commander, and 10 soldiers were killed during an operation against militants in the mainly Sunni western province of Anbar.

Bombs in Iraq livestock market kill eight people

Two bombings in a livestock market in northern Iraq on Friday killed eight people, police and a doctor said. The blasts in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad, also wounded 25 people. Militants in Iraq often target places where crowds of people gather, including markets, cafes and mosques, in an effort to cause maximum casualties. Friday's attacks came a day after three suicide bombers targeted Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and south of the capital, killing at least 36 people, as militants shot dead a family of five west of the city.

Iraq forces free Tikrit council hostages as three killed

Iraqi security forces Monday freed hostages at the Tikrit city council headquarters, which was occupied by militants, while a council member and two police died in the violence, officials said. "We freed all the hostages... and our forces killed one suicide (bomber), but two others blew themselves up," Sabah Noori, spokesman for Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service, told AFP.

Bombings and shootings kill 15 in Iraq

Attacks in Iraq, including two bombings in a market and a blast targeting people who give food and water to Shiite pilgrims, killed 15 people on Saturday, officials said. Violence has reached a level this year not seen since 2008, when Iraq was just emerging from a period of brutal sectarian killings, raising fears that the country is falling back into all-out conflict.
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