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By REUTERS

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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AFP

By PRASHANT RAO

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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New York Times

By SAM DAGHER

BAGHDAD — At least 75 people were killed in a series of truck bombings and other attacks on Wednesday that rocked areas around official buildings in central Baghdad, wounding 300 people, the Interior Ministry said.

Taken together, the attacks were among the most devastating in Baghdad since the withdrawal of American forces from street patrols at the end of June.

The explosions, at least one of them close to the heavily fortified Green Zone security area, sent plumes of dark smoke billowing over the capital, ripped a gaping hole in a compound wall and set cars ablaze, trapping their drivers inside. (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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By VOA NEWS

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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