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40 Jihadists die in fighting with Iraqi army

Baghdad, Apr 3 (EFE).- At least 40 Jihadists from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant died in fighting Thursday with Iraqi army troops in an area southwest of Baghdad, officials said. The fighting started after the Islamic fighters attacked a military position near the town of Yusufiyah, security forces spokesman Saad Maan said. The security forces repelled the attack, which left an army officer dead, Maan said in a statement. Soldiers seized a large quantity of weapons, the security spokesman said.

Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq

By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 52 people were killed Thursday as a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated in Baghdad's Sadr City and militants targeted mostly Shi'ite neighborhoods around the country. The motorcycle was parked in a second-hand bike market in the Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood that was filled with people, mostly young men, when it exploded late Thursday afternoon, killing 31 and wounding 51 others, Iraqi medical and police sources said.

Syria Qaeda group gives ultimatum to jihadist rivals

Syria's official Al-Qaeda affiliate on Tuesday gave rival jihadists a five-day ultimatum to submit to a joint Islamic court after a top operative was killed in a suicide bombing. The ultimatum issued by Al-Nusra Front to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) comes after the killing of Abu Khaled al-Suri, the commander of an Islamist brigade who was close to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Abu Qatada, inmates protest at Jordan jail conditions

Islamist cleric Abu Qatada, on trial in Jordan on terrorism charges, and dozens of other Islamist inmates have stopped accepting meals in protest at the conditions in jail. "Around 120 Islamist prisoners in four jails in the kingdom have stopped accepting meals provided by the government," police spokesman Major Amer Sartawi told AFP. "They claim that they are doing that to protest against prison conditions. They are buying food from canteens at prisons. They are in good health."

Baghdad bombs and shooting kill at least 19

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Car bombs in mainly Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital and a shooting killed at least 19 people on Wednesday, police said, driving the death toll so far this month to nearly 1,000, according to Iraq Body Count. No group claimed responsibility for the blasts, but members of the country's Shi'ite majority are often targeted by Sunni Islamist insurgents, some linked with al Qaeda, who have regained ground in Iraq over the past year.

ISIL 'reaching out' to Syria rebels: audio message

The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has reached out to other rebel groups in Syria to head off infighting, in an audio message posted online Sunday. "Today, the (Islamic) state is reaching out to you to stop fighting us, to focus on fighting the nusairiyah," the voice in the message, purportedly that of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said, using the term often used by jihadists to refer to the Syrian regime.

20 killed in wave of Baghdad attacks

Attacks across Baghdad, including car bombs at an up-scale shopping mall and near a juvenile detention centre, killed 20 people Saturday as rising violence fuels fears of all-out sectarian war. The bombings and a deadly, weeks-long standoff in the western province of Anbar, part of a nationwide surge in violence that has already killed more than 600 this month, come just months ahead of parliamentary elections.

Violence kills 75 in Iraq, PM seeks world's support

By Alistair Lyon BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months. In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It killed 18 people and wounded 16 in Shatub, a village south of Baquba.

Iraq violence kills 24, militants stage big attacks near Falluja

By Alistair Lyon BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni Muslim militants staged coordinated attacks near the western Iraqi city of Falluja on Tuesday, destroying two army tanks and capturing a police station, police said. There was no immediate word on the casualty toll from those assaults, which occurred during a standoff between the army and al Qaeda-linked militants who overran Falluja two weeks ago. Elsewhere, car bombs and shootings killed at least 24 people, mainly in the capital Baghdad, police and medics said.

Bomb attacks kill at least 18 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs killed at least 18 people in Iraq on Sunday, police and medics said, as the Shi'ite-led government sought to evict al Qaeda-linked militants from Falluja without a fight. No group claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Sunni Islamist insurgents have stepped up a violent campaign in the past year, engulfing Iraq in its worst bloodshed for five years.
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