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BAGHDAD, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The number of civilians recorded killed in violence in Iraq shot up to 393 in August, its highest level since April, after a spate of huge bombings caused carnage in Baghdad and northern Iraq.

Figures from the ministry of health showed a big increase on last month’s 224 violent deaths in Iraq. The figure was also slightly higher than the 382 killed in August last year. (more…)

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New York Times


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — This city is no stranger to bombings. There have been many here over the years of war. But the one on Tuesday night — the deadliest — may have done more than any other to deepen Kandahar’s sense of isolation and tip its people into despair that someone, anyone, has the power to halt the mayhem that surrounds them.

The bombing produced an entire city block of devastation, gutting shops and homes and reducing many of the structures to mounds of rubble. On Wednesday, residents searched at the scene and hospitals for missing loved ones, as the death toll rose to 41, with more than 60 wounded.

Abdul Nabi, 45, a shopkeeper, could find only two of his six sons in the wreckage. “I rushed to the hospital and found my sons in very bad condition,” he said. “Three of my sons are still unconscious. One 7-year-old son just opened his eyes now. (more…)

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Some fourteen people have been killed and dozens more wounded across Iraq as the war-torn country has been caught in a series of huge bombings in the last two months.

At least nine people lost their lives and 14 others sustained wounds on Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a police station in Shirqat — located 300 km (190 miles) northwest of Baghdad. (more…)

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Bombs on two buses in southern Iraq have exploded, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 25.

Police said that all of the casualties in Monday’s blasts in the city of Kut, 175km southeast of Baghdad, were civilians.

Mohammed Fadhil, a police lieutenant, said: “Sticky bombs were attached to two buses and 10 people were killed.

“Women and children are among the casualties.”

Sticky bombs are small bombs or grenades stuck to targets with magnets or tape and then detonated. They can be attached to fuel tanks on vehicles to cause maximum damage. (more…)

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BAGHDAD, Aug 19, 2009 (AFP) – Twin truck bombs killed 95 people and wounded almost 600 in Baghdad’s bloodiest day in 18 months on Wednesday, spurring Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to vow a security overhaul.

The explosions came just minutes apart outside government ministries while a car bombing and spate of mortar attacks added to the carnage in the capital, which has been under Iraqi security control since US troops withdrew from towns and cities in the conflict-torn country at the end of June.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with his security and intelligence officials late Wednesday during which a number of “important decisions and fast measures” were agreed upon to sustain security and stability in Baghdad, his office said in a statement. (more…)

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By Reuters

Aug 19 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 1300 GMT on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD – A series of blasts in central Baghdad killed at least 77 people and wounded 420, Iraqi police said. The blasts occurred near government ministries.

DIWANIYA – A U.S. soldier stationed at FOB Echo in Diwaniya, 150 km (95 miles) south of Baghdad, was killed in combat, the U.S. military said. No details were provided.

KHALDIYA – A car bomb wounded three policemen and two civilians when it exploded near a police station in Khaldiya, 83 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – Gunmen killed a Christian trying to save his Christian neighbour, a doctor, from being abducted in the north of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


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BAGHDAD — Bombs hidden in plastic bags near a falafel stand exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 21, Iraqi officials said. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities in the capital and northern Iraq.

The U.S. military has said insurgents are trying to re-ignite sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war but Shiites so far have shown restraint.

The bags packed with explosives were left among a pile of garbage and exploded shortly before 8 p.m. as the district was crowded with people enjoying the evening.

Several nearby stores were also damaged, according to police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information. Five children were among the wounded, they said. (more…)

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