Friday 19 January 2018

Bombs kill at least 19 people in Iraqi capital

A man looks at a burned police vehicle in the main street of Fallujah after clashes between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda fighters in Fallujah
A man looks at a burned police vehicle in the main street of Fallujah after clashes between Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda fighters in Fallujah
Iraqi Sunni masked protesters burn tires to blocked the main highway to Jordan and Syria, outside Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Sunni Muslim mourners carry the coffin of a victim killed in shelling during a funeral in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi January 4, 2014. Iraqi troops trying to retake Anbar province from a mixture of Islamist and tribal foes battled al Qaeda fighters in Ramadi on Saturday after shelling the western region's other main city, Falluja, overnight, tribal leaders and officials said. In Ramadi, military anti-terrorist teams were fighting al Qaeda militants in the streets after tribesmen asked for help from the army, which had been deployed only on the outskirts of the city, tribal sources said. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
Armed tribesmen deployed on the streets take control of the city of Ramadi
Sunni Muslim mourners pray near the coffin of a victim of shelling during a funeral in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad

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.

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