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Iraq forces battle to retake town from militants

Iraqi forces fought on Friday to retake part of a northern town and nearby areas seized by gunmen, the latest instance of authorities losing ground to militants, an official said. The Thursday takeover of part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby villages in Salaheddin province came as gunmen control all of one major city and part of another in the western province of Anbar, in a stand-off that has lasted for weeks. Local official Talib al-Bayati told AFP that security forces backed by tanks and other armour began attacking militant-held areas on Friday morning.

Iraq forces battle to retake town from militants

Iraqi forces fought on Friday to retake part of a northern town and areas seized by gunmen, in the latest instance of authorities losing ground to militants, an official said. The Thursday takeover of part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby villages in Salaheddin province came as gunmen control all of one major city and part of another in the western province of Anbar, in a stand-off that has lasted for weeks.

Gunmen seize part of Iraq town, historic Baghdad market burns

Gunmen seized part of a northern Iraqi town and nearby villages Thursday, while bombs killed at least seven people at a historic Baghdad market and set it ablaze, officials said. The takeover in and around the Salaheddin provincial town of Sulaiman Bek comes as gunmen control all of one major city and part of another in the western province of Anbar in a stand-off that has lasted for weeks and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Gunmen seize part of Iraq town, historic Baghdad market burns

Gunmen seized part of a northern Iraqi town and nearby villages Thursday, while bombs killed at least two people at a historic Baghdad market and set it ablaze, officials said. The takeover in and around the Salaheddin provincial town of Sulaiman Bek comes as gunmen control all of one major city and part of another in the western province of Anbar in a stand-off that has lasted for weeks and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Iraq PM pledges jobs for allies as 300,000 displaced

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki pledged Wednesday that pro-government tribal fighters would be hired as policemen in Anbar province, where the UN said violence has displaced up to 300,000 people. The province, where anti-government fighters seized all of one city and parts of a second, has been hit by a surge in unrest since the end of last year, as Iraq suffers its worst violence since 2008. Clashes in Anbar have pitted security forces and pro-government tribesmen against jihadist militants and tribal fighters opposed to the authorities.

Fifteen Iraqi soldiers killed in pre-dawn attack

A pre-dawn attack on an army encampment guarding an oil pipeline in northern Iraq killed 15 soldiers on Tuesday as authorities grapple with near-daily attacks and running battles with militants. The latest bloodshed comes with unrest at its worst in Iraq in nearly six years, and has fuelled fears that, with elections due in April, the country is on the brink of slipping back into the sectarian violence that plagued it in the years following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Seven car bombs across Baghdad kill at least 13

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Seven car bombs exploded across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in apparently coordinated attacks that targeted mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts, security sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. But Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining ground in Iraq, particularly in the western province of Anbar where they overran two cities on January 1.

Renewed Iraq bloodshed kills seven

Attacks in and around Baghdad killed seven people on Tuesday as Iraqi forces made steady progress against militants in conflict-hit Anbar province where the government lost key territory weeks ago. The bloodshed comes after more than 1,000 people were killed in January, the worst monthly death toll in nearly six years, as security forces grapple with frequent attacks and battles in Anbar with anti-government fighters, including those loyal to the powerful Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadist group.

12 Killed in 4 different Baghdad car-bomb attacks

Baghdad, Feb 3 (EFE).- At least 12 people were killed and 45 were wounded in four car-bomb attacks on Baghdad markets, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told Efe. One of the cars, driven by a suicide bomber, blew up in the Mahmudiyah neighborhood market, leaving four dead and 15 injured. In the same area, one civilian died and 11 were wounded when a second vehicle exploded soon after the first bombing.

Baghdad attacks kill 23 as Iraq presses Anbar assault

A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car bombings, killed 23 people Monday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province. The latest bloodshed comes amid a surge in violence that left more than 1,000 people dead in January, the worst such figure in nearly six years, as security forces grapple with near-daily attacks and protracted battles with anti-government fighters.
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