Bombs kill at least 19 people in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD Sun Jan 5, 2014 3:03pm EST

1 of 2. Mourners carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed during clashes in Falluja, at his funeral in Najaf, 160 km (99 miles) south of Baghdad, January 5, 2014.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Car and roadside bombs exploded in commercial areas of Baghdad on Sunday killing at least 19 people, police and medical sources said.

The deadliest attack took place in northern Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Shaab where two car bombs went off killing at least nine people and wounding 25.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks but Sunni Muslim insurgents have stepped up attacks on Iraqi security forces and supporters of the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and tribal fighters have taken control of Ramadi and Falluja, the main cities in the Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar in a serious challenge to the government's authority. Iraqi troops and allied tribesmen are trying to retake the province.

In a separate incident, gunmen set up a fake check point on the main road between Baghdad and Kirkuk, killing six drivers, late on Saturday near Udhaim, 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

(Reporting by Kareem Raheem, Writing by Suadad al-Salhy; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Comments (3)
jjparkerjim wrote:
What a waste of our treasure I hope all you Democrats are satisfied at the choice Obama made. To flee letting all this murder in our wake.

Jan 05, 2014 12:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
The Iraqis continue the uncivil that the traitors and war criminals in the Bush regime started with an illegal invasion. Then, the evil enemies of the US, known as Republicans, fought the war badly by staying beyond the 60 to 90 days provided by the War Powers Act of 1973. The worthless, lying GOP traitors spoke about some Pottery Barn Rule, but there has been no President Pottery Barn and no Secretary of State Pottery Barn in US history. Now, the best course would be to arm the Shia regime of Maliki to fight al Qaeda’s Sunni troops. Weapons and munitions do not bleed US blood if we keep our troops out of this conflict. Help the Shia defeat US enemies who are Sunni and keep US troops out of harm’s way in the current fighting.

Jan 05, 2014 4:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kurdstaat wrote:
The Sunni Arabs terrorists known in the US as the Al-Qaaeda have been receiving weapons and other equipment from terrorist Turks through Syrian border. The terrorist Turks who are also part of NATO are the main problem in the Middle East, but the stupid American intelligence if on the same team as them.

NATO has does not recognize Kurd-State but guides terrorism against Kurdish nation. NATO has supplied arms to terrorists Turks and Arabs for a long time and 911 was just the beginning of a long period in which NATO countries will pay the price for their terrorism.

Down with NATO and all Europeans and North Americans.

NATO supporters are degenerate, back-stabbing terrorist who deserve to join the toilet of history.

Jan 05, 2014 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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