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23 Dead in wave of attacks in Iraq on anniversary of Saddam's fall

Baghdad, Apr 9 (EFE).- At least 23 people died Wednesday, including a journalist, and 113 were wounded in a series of attacks carried out in different parts of Iraq, police and medical sources told Efe. The incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the entry of U.S. troops into the Iraqi capital and the fall of the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein. The deadliest attack killed nine people, including the reporter, when several neighborhoods in the city of Fallujah, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Baghdad, were bombarded with mortar rounds.

Iraq attacks kill 15 as soldiers ambush militants

Attacks in Iraq left 15 people dead Tuesday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 2,400 people dead since the start of the year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian fighting that plagued it in 2006 and 2007.

Iraq forces kill 19 as unrest spikes ahead of polls

Iraqi security forces said they killed 19 militants while attacks elsewhere in the country left three people dead on Monday, as violence spikes ahead of parliamentary elections. The April 30 polls, Iraq's first since 2010, come as the authorities battle the worst sustained period of bloodletting since 2008, when Iraq was just emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead.

Iraq forces kill 19 as unrest spikes ahead of polls

Iraqi security forces said they killed 19 militants while attacks elsewhere in the country left three people dead on Monday, as violence spikes ahead of parliamentary elections. The April 30 polls, Iraq's first since 2010, come as the authorities battle the worst sustained period of bloodletting since 2008, when Iraq was just emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead.

Iraq attacks kill 10 with elections due in weeks

Attacks killed 10 people in Iraq on Sunday while six militants also died as the country grapples with its worst bloodshed in years just weeks before parliamentary elections. Among those killed were six who died in a mass assassination south of Baghdad, in scenes reminiscent of the worst of Iraq's 2006-07 sectarian conflict in which tens of thousands were killed. The surge in violence has left more than 2,400 people dead so far this year.

15 Soldiers die in western Iraq explosion

Baghdad, Apr 5 (EFE).- At least 15 Iraqi soldiers died Saturday and close to the same number were wounded in a powerful explosion near the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, security officials told Efe. The blast occurred at a home full of explosive devices near the town of Al-Karma, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Fallujah and the scene of recent clashes between the army and extremist groups. The bombs were supposedly planted and detonated by remote control by extremists laying a trap to kill government troops when they went to search the house.

At least 20 Iraqi soldiers killed in attacks

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed on Saturday, most of them upon entering a house rigged with explosives northwest of the capital, security officials said. Militants last week overran the house in the town of Garma, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad, which had previously been used as an army post, officials said. The army moved in on Saturday morning after militants retreated, but when they entered the house, a powerful blast tore through the building, two security officials said.

Al Qaeda chief mourns slain Syria fighter, says infighting must end

By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for Islamist fighters in Syria to end the infighting that killed a one-time companion of Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to an audio tape posted online. In the message, Zawahiri mourned the death of Abu Khaled al-Soury, who was killed by an al Qaeda splinter group in a suicide attack in February, and lamented the "strife of the blind that has befallen the blessed land of the Levant."

Iraq Christians say homes seized as unrest spikes

As Iraq suffers its worst violence in years, gangs claiming ties to powerful militias have been commandeering empty homes in Baghdad with little official sanction, victims and rights groups say. Militia leaders have disavowed the practice and insist they are not behind it, while those affected -- principally minority Christians -- say the country's courts have done little to protect their property. "We have received dozens of such cases," William Warda, head of the Baghdad-based Hammurabi Human Rights Organisation, told AFP.

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".
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