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Islamist militants kill 30 in attacks around Iraq

By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 30 people around Iraq on Thursday including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away. Sectarian bloodshed has increased since the Shi'ite Muslim-led Baghdad government began an offensive against insurgents, some of them affiliated with al Qaeda, dug in around Falluja and Ramadi in the western province of Anbar.

Iraq policeman gives life to shield recruits, attacks kill 15

An Iraqi policeman sacrificed himself to shield army recruits from a suicide bomber northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, as attacks targeting security personnel killed 15 people country-wide. The violence comes as Iraq suffers a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,650 people so far this year despite wide-ranging operations against militants by the security forces. In Baladruz, northeast of Baghdad, policeman Raad Kadhim Hattab threw his arms around a suicide bomber who was trying to target a recruitment centre, the interior ministry said.

Militants kill 13 security personnel in northern Iraq

Militants armed with automatic weapons attacked a military position in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers, and a senior police officer was shot dead in a separate attack. The attack in the Mahallabiyah area west of Mosul also wounded 15 soldiers, while a police colonel was killed to the southeast of the city, a morgue employee and a police major said. It is the deadliest day for the Iraqi army since February 17, when 13 soldiers died in clashes and an attack.

Bombers kill five at Iraq provincial govt compound

Two suicide bombers blew up vehicles rigged with explosives outside a government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday, killing five people, police and a doctor said. The twin attacks come as Iraq struggles to regain control of Anbar province, where anti-government fighters have held parts of Ramadi and all of the city of Fallujah, to its east, since early January.

Militants close dam as Iraq violence kills 15

Militants have closed all gates of a Euphrates River dam they control in Iraq, blocking a major water source, a minister said on Monday, while violence killed 15 people. The latest unrest comes amid a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has claimed more than 2,550 lives so far this year and sparked fears of Iraq slipping back into the all-out sectarian killings of 2006 and 2007.

8 Police killed in suicide car-bomb attack in Iraq

Baghdad, Apr 13 (EFE).- At least eight police officers died Sunday and 10 other people were wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack in the oil-producing city of Kirkuk, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, while elsewhere in the country 13 people died in violent incidents, a local security official told Efe. The attacker blew up the vehicle at a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police and Kurdish security agents in the Al Dabs zone, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, said the source.

Suicide bomber kills seven police in Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing seven police, and gunmen shot dead three people, officials said. The latest violence comes amid a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has claimed more than 2,550 lives so far this year and sparked fears of Iraq slipping back into the all-out sectarian killing of 2006 and 2007.

Violence kills 21 in Iraq

Shootings and bombings in Iraq killed at least 21 people Thursday, officials said, as the country struggles with rampant violence ahead of parliamentary elections at the end of the month. The country is suffering from a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,500 people this year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian fighting of 2006-2007.

Syria Qaeda loses ground to jihadist rivals on Iraq border

Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border Thursday in fierce clashes that left at least 51 fighters dead, a monitoring group said. Al-Nusra, the affiliate of Al-Qaeda, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for a twin car bombing in a pro-government area of the central city of Homs that killed 25 people on Wednesday.

Syria Qaeda loses ground to jihadist rivals on Iraq border

Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border on Thursday in heavy fighting that left 24 people dead, a monitoring group said. Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a cross-border group which has been disowned by the Al-Qaeda leadership, launched a three-pronged assault on positions held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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