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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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The Globe and Mail


Taliban bombers, some disguised as women with suicide vests hidden under their burkas, stormed government buildings near Kabul in a brazen attack just 10 days before a presidential election.

Gun battles lasted for hours Monday and smoke poured from blasted buildings in Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province, about an hour’s drive from Kabul. Three policemen and two civilians were killed, along with six militants, said Deen Mohammad Darwish, spokesman for the provincial governor.

It was the latest in a series of assaults in the run-up to the Aug. 20 election. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt the poll, and the United Nations says spiralling violence threatens to keep many Afghans from voting. (more…)

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BAGHDAD — The entire village was gone. Local television broadcast scenes of homes reduced to heaps of rubble mixed with bed frames, mattresses, furniture and bloodstained pillows. A villager cried into the camera, “Look, Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Interior Minister, where is the security that you speak about?”

The latest wave of sectarian bombings struck northern Iraq and Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 50 people, wounding hundreds more and leveling the village, near Mosul.

Nearly 100 people in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul have been killed in attacks since Friday, raising grave concerns about the Iraqi government’s ability to maintain security.

The string of attacks, the most serious since June 30, when Iraqis officially took the lead on national security and American troops largely withdrew to their bases, also highlighted the underlying conflicts that continue to fuel violence. These include the rift between Arab and Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq and the continued disenfranchisement felt by many Sunni Arabs who remain unreconciled with the Shiite-led central government.

In the most devastating attack on Monday, a pair of large flatbed trucks packed with bombs exploded simultaneously shortly after dawn, destroying a village known as Khazna, about 10 miles east of Mosul, according to Munthir Saba, an official in Bartella, an adjacent town.

Most villagers were asleep at the time, many of them on their rooftops in the summer heat.

Hospital officials in Mosul said at least 28 people had been killed and 155 wounded, but Mr. Saba said the casualty figures could increase because rescue efforts were continuing. Qusay Abbas, a provincial council member, put the toll at 43 dead and 220 wounded. (more…)

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Iraqi officials say bombings in Baghdad and northern Iraq have killed at least 44 people.

Two truck bombs exploded near the northern city of Mosul Monday, killing at least 28 people and wounding about 150. Officials say the bombs destroyed some 35 houses in the Shi’ite village of Khazna, about 20 kilometers from Mosul. (more…)

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Published July 27, 2009 12:44 PM

As U.S. combat troops begin a gradual withdrawal from Iraq, they continue to train and advise Iraqi forces, which are increasingly responsible for maintaining security. But one of the most useful security tools is a hard one for Iraqis to accept — not because of technical difficulty, but because of a cultural taboo. (more…)

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MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — An Iraqi policeman was killed and 15 others, including three police, were wounded in four separate grenade attacks in the same Mosul street on Sunday, a security official told AFP.

An officer died at around 11 am (0800 GMT) when his patrol car was targeted on Al-Corniche street in the restive northern city, where attacks on security forces remain common, the official said.

Two police were hurt in a similar attack 90 minutes later and two further grenade incidents wounded a third officer and a total of 12 civilians.

Another 14 people were injured when three bombs exploded within minutes of each other in the volatile city of Baquba north-east of Baghdad, a city security official said.

The first blast targeted a CD shop, the second an army patrol and the third exploded as police arrived on the scene, the official said. Five suspects are being questioned.


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The Associated Press
Thursday, July 2, 2009; 9:24 AM

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Two bombs targeting police and government workers killed up to eight people and wounded scores more Thursday – latest attacks to hit Pakistan as it battles Taliban insurgents near the border with Afghanistan. (more…)

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