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Six killed in suicide attack on Iraq army recruits

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an army recruitment centre in north Iraq Wednesday, killing six would-be soldiers, the latest in a year-long surge of nationwide bloodshed. The morning attack at the recruitment centre in Riyadh, a mostly-Sunni town in ethnically-mixed Kirkuk province, injured 14 other recruits, according to army Major General Mohammed Khalaf al-Dulaimi. Dr. Mohammed al-Juburi at the main hospital in nearby Hawijah confirmed the toll.

Six members of security forces killed in Iraq

Attacks in predominantly Sunni Arab areas north and west of Baghdad on Sunday killed six people, all members of the security forces, the latest in a year-long surge in bloodshed. Less than two months before parliamentary elections, Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a period of brutal sectarian bloodletting that killed tens of thousands of people.

4 dead as tension spikes after Iraq protest camp shut

Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and gunmen in Ramadi killed four people on Tuesday, as tension spiked following the closure of a nearby Sunni Arab anti-government protest site. Monday's removal of the sprawling protest camp on the edge of the city west of Baghdad was a victory of sorts for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has long wanted it gone.

14 Dead in attack on gov't offices in northern Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 25 (EFE).- At least 14 people died and 22 others were wounded Wednesday in an attack on government installations in the northern province of Kirkuk, an Iraqi police source told Efe. Militants targeted the city hall, police station and courthouse in the town of Hawijah. Among the dead are three soldiers, seven civilians and four gunmen. Two car bombs exploded simultaneously near the police station, and that was followed by shelling with a mortar and a ground assault.

Militants hit north Iraq town as 33 killed nationwide

Militants attacked local government and police buildings in northern Iraq with suicide bombings and mortar fire on Wednesday, sparking clashes that killed 14 people, among 33 deaths nationwide, officials said. The assault came in Hawijah, a Sunni Arab town in ethnically mixed Kirkuk province near which security forces stormed an anti-government protest camp in April, triggering Iraq's deadliest day this year. One suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police station, while a second blew up another near a local administrative building.

Militants hit north Iraq town as 24 killed nationwide

Militants attacked local government and police buildings in northern Iraq with suicide bombings and mortar fire on Wednesday, sparking clashes that killed 14 people, among 24 deaths nationwide, officials said. The assault came in Hawijah, a Sunni Arab town in ethnically mixed Kirkuk province near which security forces stormed an anti-government protest camp in April, triggering Iraq's deadliest day this year. One suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a police station, while a second blew up another near a local administrative building.

Iraq: seven months of unrest and political crisis

Iraq has seen an upturn in deadly sectarian violence and protests since late last year: --2012-- - December 23: The start of major demonstrations in several provinces demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite accused by opponents of monopolising power and sidelining Sunnis. Demonstrators are demanding the liberation of prisoners and a reform of anti-terrorism laws. The action follows the arrest on terrorism charges of nine guards of Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi, a Sunni and member of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc. --2013--

Attacks kill 18 as Iraqis slam govt over bombings

Violence in Iraq killed 18 people on Sunday, as ordinary Iraqis poured scorn on the authorities for failing to stem a weekend of unrest that cost dozens of lives. More than 540 people have been killed so far this month and over 2,800 since January 1, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources. In the deadliest incident on Sunday, gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Zab area of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq, killing five members of an Arab unit of the peshmerga security forces, officials said.

Bombs on Iraq town squares kill 8

Attacks killed eight people in town squares in Iraq on Friday, including seven who died when a suicide bomber dressed in army uniform set off his car rigged with explosives just before midday prayers. The latest violence, which also left dozens wounded, comes as Iraq struggles with a surge in violence coinciding with a long-running government deadlock and months of protests among the Sunni Arab minority.

Bombs on Iraq town squares kill 8

Attacks killed eight people in town squares in Iraq on Friday, including seven who died when a suicide bomber dressed in army uniform set off his car rigged with explosives just before midday prayers. The latest violence, which also left dozens wounded, comes as Iraq struggles with a surge in violence coinciding with a long-running government deadlock and months of protests among the Sunni Arab minority.
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