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REUTERS | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | July 11, 2011

 

Syrian forces killed at least one civilian and injured 20 in Homs on Monday during the heaviest raids on the city since troops deployed there two months ago to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad, residents said.

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Associated Press

By BARBARA SURK

BAGHDAD — Militants struck across the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing more than 50 people, including 32 in a suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims commemorating a revered Shiite saint, Iraqi police said. (more…)

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AP

By SAMEER N. YACOUB

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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Reuters

By MICHAEL CHRISTIE

BAGHDAD, Aug 16 (Reuters) – At least six people were killed when two bombs exploded at a popular restaurant in a predominantly Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhood of eastern Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police said.

Around 18 people were wounded when the two bombs planted inside and outside of the restaurant exploded almost simultaneously, police said.

A string of bombings since U.S. forces withdrew from Iraqi cities at the end of June has called into question the ability of Iraqi security forces to protect the population from attacks by insurgents like Sunni militant group al Qaeda. (more…)

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Washington Post
By ERNESTO LONDONO and DLOVAN BRWARI

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 — Two suicide bombers killed at least 21 people in a cafe in northern Iraq on Thursday, Iraqi officials said, in the latest attack targeting ethnic or religious minorities in disputed territories.

The double bombing occurred about 5 p.m. in the Ayoub coffeehouse in Sinjar, a town about 240 miles northwest of Baghdad. Most of the victims were Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority. At least 30 people were wounded.

The attack, like other recent bombings, appeared intended to exacerbate tensions along a 300-mile stretch of disputed territory near the Kurdish north, pitting the Kurdish autonomous government against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s administration in Baghdad. (more…)

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