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Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people



By SINAN SALAHEDDIN

BAGHDAD (AP) - Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.

In one of the attacks, mortar rounds rained down on Shiite neighborhoods in the town of Mahmoudiya on Sunday night, killing 11 civilians and wounding 31, a police official said. The mixed Shiite-Sunni town is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad.

And in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, a roadside bomb struck an army patrol, killing two soldiers and three volunteers who took up arms following the Sunni militant push across Iraq in recent weeks. Eighth people were wounded in that attack, said the police official.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media.

In early January, al-Qaida breakaway extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, seized control of the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, as well as parts of the nearby city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of western Anbar province.

In June, the Islamic State launched a massive blitz offensive that brought large swaths of northern and western Iraq under their control.

So far, Iraq's security forces have struggled to retake any of the ground they surrendered to the militants over the past five weeks.

On Friday, the U.S. mission in Iraq said at least 5,576 civilians were killed and another 11,665 wounded in the first six months of this year. Another 1.2 million people have been uprooted from their homes by the violence.

The civilian deaths so far this year mark a sharp increase over the previous year, when just over 7,800 civilians killed, according to U.N.

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coopdabomb July 21 2014 at 9:32 AM

This will be the same thing after we leave Afghanistan. We will either fight them there or here.

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ROB SYKES July 21 2014 at 8:28 AM

One more example of Muslim peace, love, and understanding…

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vietnamvet1967 July 21 2014 at 7:25 AM

I guess they think they are Chicago

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chrlbrw1122 July 21 2014 at 9:14 AM

Oh those peace loving Muslims..

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Jerry July 21 2014 at 8:19 AM

No mention of "the children" Hmm. Why all the hubbud about children in Gaza but none here. Is there some difference between the innocents in Gaza and Iraq I'm not seeing?

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rimit9 July 21 2014 at 11:04 AM

5,500 people killed in Iraq in the last 6 mos, and Obama spends his time on Israel, about 600 people dead, and a downed aircraft with 300 dead, I see he has his priorities in order. The 5,500 dead in Iraq are a direct result of Obama's bungling. Wait till you see the deal with Iran and their nukes, This political hack needs to go play golf and leave these world problems for the people that wear the big boy pants.

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alphaome4 rimit9 July 21 2014 at 4:05 PM

NO excuse for Obama, but Don't leave Bush/cheney out of the equation with the 5500 dead. More important, why no discussion on the 25,000 annual deaths in this country due to gun violence?

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billcdaly July 21 2014 at 12:39 PM

Amazing how little has been written about the Islamists ordering Christians in Iraq, either convert or die.

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meanstr July 21 2014 at 7:40 AM

The United States has a problem we forget who our enmy is.We helped Al-Qaida and the Moslem Brotherhood take over Libya .Now we are allowing an Al-Qaida group Bin-Ladin could only dream about take over Iraq with out us doing anything to help the country that we made a mess of by taken out their government and putting in a puppet government.

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LewTag July 21 2014 at 12:04 PM

After a century of calm the demon of Wahhabist Islam is again rising to life and demanding obedience...with 300 milion Muslims one can only wonder what will happen when they all get organized under a single Caliph...perhaps this is the one....or not....but it must all be god's/allah will or it would be different....ergo theofatallism...google for details....www.theofatalism.org and feel good inside no matter what happens outside...

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Diane July 21 2014 at 2:00 PM

If one group of Muslims, Sunni, and another group of Muslims, Shiite, cannot even get along amongst themselves, how can anyone believe that Muslims can get along with ANYONE!

In other words, Muslims can not only kill infidels, but even other Muslims who do not agree with them? All in the name of God, Allah? What a farse!!!

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