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Iraqi army launches operation in Ramadi

Baghdad - The Iraqi army launched a major operation Sunday on the crisis-hit city of Ramadi, swathes of which have for weeks been controlled by anti-government fighters, officials said. Troops were backed by helicopter cover and imposed a ban on movement within the city, military spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told state television. A police lieutenant colonel in Ramadi city, speaking on condition of anonymit ...

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28 killed, 200 injured in army operations in Iraq’s Fallujah: hospital official

FALLUJAH - A total of 28 civilians were killed and 200 others injured in the western Iraqi city of Anbar since the start of military operations there weeks ago, a senior medical official told Anadolu Agency. "Most of the casualties were caused by the army shelling of homes, government buildings and worship places in the city," said Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital. The tally, howeve ...

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13,000 families flee Fallujah amid Iraq standoff

Fallujah (Iraq)- More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said Wednesday, warning of a "critical" humanitarian situation as masked gunmen locked in a days-long standoff with Iraqi troops hold the city. And though traffic police returned to its streets, some shops reopened and more cars could be seen, Fallujah was still hit by clashes and shelling, after an Al-Qaeda-linked group urged Sunnis to kee ...

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Iraq says 55 Qaeda-linked militants killed in Anbar

BAGHDAD- Anbar was rocked by clashes last week after government troops evicted months-old sit-in in the city of Ramadi staged by Sunni tribesmen. Fifty-five militants of the Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as Daesh, have been killed in the western Anbar province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday. In a statement, the ministry said that 30 militants were killed in an airstrik ...

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Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator’s end

Baghdad- Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes. The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam's 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret. "A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end. "I rece ...

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Iraq defense minister survives Fallujah attack

BAGHDAD - The blast resulted in no human or material damage, the source added. Acting Iraqi defense minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi survived a Tuesday explosion that targeted his convoy in the western city of Fallujah, a security source said. "A roadside explosive device planted on the international highway between Fallujah and Ramadi went off when the minister's convoy passed by on the way to Ramadi," the sour ...

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Violence takes 27 lives in Iraq

BAGHDAD - 27 people killed, 39 wounded after deadly attacks in Iraq 27 people were killed and 39 were wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Saturday, according to security officials. Four police officers died after gunfire and two of the assaulters have been arrested, security officials said. In a village of Kirkuk, a group of unidentified people raided on some houses and killed six people who are allegedly ...

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Expat oil worker hurt in Iraq row over ‘Shiite insult’

BASRA, Iraq: A foreign oil worker was hospitalized after being attacked at Iraq's biggest oilfield where local residents accused him of insulting their religion, officials said Tuesday. They said the employee of US oil services firm Schlumberger, identified by Iraqi officials as a Briton, had on Monday tried to remove flags and pamphlets commemorating Imam Hussein, a venerated figure in Shiite Islam, just d ...

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Iraqi bomb attacks kill 11, wound 30

BAGHDAD- More than 4,500 people have been killed in Iraq since April 2013 A series of bomb attacks killed at least 11 people and wounded 30 others on Wednesday in the recent wave of sectarian violence in Iraq. Car bombs went off in three districts of capital Baghdad. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. A separate attack on Tuesday that targeted a bomb disposal unit of the Interior Minis ...

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Death toll rises to 27 in Iraqi bomb attacks

BAGHDAD - A series of bomb attacks killed at least 27 people and wounded 70 others in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, Iraq A series of bomb attacks killed 27 people and wounded 70 others on Monday when a wave of bomb attacks was carried out in Shiite neighborhoods in Iraqi capital Baghdad. The first attack took place in the eastern Sadr City district, where a car bomb struck a small vegetable market and it ...

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Suicide attack kills 23 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD -Iraqi capital was shaken by a repeat of Saturday's funeral tent attack that killed 65 A suicide attacker blew themselves up near a funeral tent on Sunday, killing at least 23 people and wounding 48 in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, as the city suffers the same attack twice in two days. The explosion took place in the southern district of Dawra, an official from the Iraqi interior ministry told journ ...

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Attacks kill 31 people, wound 133 across Baghdad

BAGHDAD- A new wave of car bomb attacks rocked Tuesday the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing at least 31 people and wounded 133 others. At least 31 people were killed and 133 others were wounded on Tuesday when a series of car bomb attacks were carried out across Baghdad. Two of the explosives-laden vehicles were detonated near Nasr square in central Baghdad, killing 3 people and wounding 14 others. Another ...

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