At least 20 Iraqi soldiers killed in attacks

FALLUJA, Iraq Sat Apr 5, 2014 4:02pm EDT

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.

The identity of the attackers was not clear, but Sunni Islamist insurgents are regaining ground in Iraq and have taken over several towns and cities since the start of the year, including Falluja, around 70 km (44 miles) from Baghdad.

Ongoing violence has raised doubts parliamentary elections can be held nationwide later this month as intended.

Also in Garma, two government-backed Sunni militia fighters were killed when a mortar hit their post, security officials said.

Separately, three soldiers were killed and six wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in Mishahda to the north of Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

An army colonel and three soldiers were also killed in an attack on their patrol in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad.

Of the 592 Iraqis killed in acts of violence in March, 108 were members of the security forces, according to figures published by the United Nations.

(Reporting by Kamaal Naama, additional reporting by Kareem Raheem; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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carlmartel wrote:
The continuing attacks prove that the US war failed, so the Iraqis may need better strategies and tactics than those taught to them by the US and it allies. Shia leaders may need to accept Sunnis who work with them and terminate those who will not. The West may complain, but the West isn’t there anymore. China and Russia will support Iraq if the West withholds aid because China uses oil and gas in its economy, and Russia uses fuels in its foreign policies.

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PaulBradley wrote:
And, ALL of the killing around the world, done in the name of “God” . . . Go figure!

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