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Gunmen kill Iranian gas workers in Iraq: witnesses

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Masked gunmen killed 18 people, most of them Iranians, working on a gas pipeline outside the northeastern Iraqi town of Muqdadiya on Friday, witnesses and officials said. One worker wounded in the assault told Reuters the attackers sped up in three cars as he and his colleagues were digging a trench to extend the line. "Three of them got out of a car and started firing on the workers inside and outside the trench," said Ibrahem Aziz by phone from hospital.

'Terrorism' suspects escape as Iraq violence kills 12

At least 22 "terrorism" suspects escaped a Baghdad detention facility on Friday after killing two guards, though most were later recaptured, security officials said. One of the escaped detainees was killed by security forces, while other attacks in Iraq killed another nine people. The escapes were the latest in a long line of jailbreaks in Iraq, including coordinated assaults claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked group on two prisons in July, in which more than 500 inmates broke out and dozens of people were killed.

No limitations to promotion of Iran, Iraq ties: supreme leader

No limitations to promotion of Iran, Iraq ties: supreme leader TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that there is no limitations to promotion of ties between Iran and Iraq. Tehran and Baghdad can work together closely in a wide range of areas, and there are no limitations to the increase of reciprocal ties as well as regional cooperation, Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Iraq executes 12 'terror' convicts: judicial official

Iraqi authorities have executed 12 men convicted of crimes related to "terrorism", a senior judicial official said Monday, amid widespread international condemnation against Baghdad's use of the death penalty. "Yesterday (Sunday), we executed 12 convicts," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "All of them were Iraqi men accused of terrorism."

964 Die in October in Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 1 (EFE).- The vast majority of the 964 people who died in political or sectarian violence in Iraq last month were civilians, the Iraqi government said Friday. Among the fatalities were 855 civilians, 65 police and 44 soldiers, according to figures of the Health, Interior and Defense Ministries. Also in the attacks and clashes at lease 33 militants died, while security operations captured 167 more. In October there were also some 1,445 civilians wounded along with 88 police and 67 members of the military.

Iraq deaths last month most since 2008: official data

October was Iraq's deadliest month since April 2008, figures compiled by government ministries showed Friday, with 964 people killed last month as the country grapples with a spike in bloodshed. According to data compiled by the Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence, a total of 855 civilians, 65 policemen and 44 soldiers were killed. A further 1,600 were wounded -- 1,445 civilians, 88 policemen and 67 soldiers. The figures also showed that 33 militants were killed and 167 arrested.

Ten killed in Iraq violence

Attacks in Iraq killed 10 people on Saturday, seven of them from the same family, security and medical officials said. In the Dura area of southern Baghdad, gunmen armed with silenced weapons shot dead a father, mother, four sons and the wife of one of them at their home, the officials said. The father was a member of the Sahwa anti-Al-Qaeda militia, who joined forces with the United States from late 2006 and are frequently targeted by Sunni militants, who view them as traitors.

Iraq violence kills 12

Ten bombings and a shooting killed at least 12 people and wounded 19 in Iraq on Friday, officials said. Nine bombs exploded in and around the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, killing a total of seven people and wounding eight, a police officer and a doctor said. Three of the dead and two of the wounded were from the same family, the sources said. The deadliest single attack was in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, where a roadside bomb exploded near a market, killing at least four people and wounding 11, security and medical officials said.

Suicide bomber kills 15 in north Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives in a village in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 15 people, police and a doctor said. The blast tore through a residential area of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, a village east of Mosul that is mainly populated by members of the Shabak minority. The 30,000-strong Shabak community mostly live near Iraq's border with Turkey. They speak a distinct language and largely follow a faith that is a blend of Shiite Islam and local beliefs, and are periodically targeted in attacks by militants.

Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 16

Two bombs exploded in a Sunni mosque in Iraq as worshippers entered for prayers on Friday, killing 16 people, police and a doctor said. The bombs, which hit the Musab bin Omair mosque near Samarra, north of Baghdad, also wounded 15 people, the sources said. Militants have carried out numerous attacks on both Sunni and Shiite mosques this year, raising fears of a return to all-out sectarian conflict, which peaked in 2006-2007 and killed thousands of people. The February 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra itself sparked the wave of brutal violence.
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