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18 dead in Iraq attacks, including army general

Published time: December 30, 2013 03:17
Edited time: December 30, 2013 12:10
ARCHIVE PHOTO: A man looks at the site of bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad's Doura District December 25 2013.(Reuters / Ahmed Malik)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A man looks at the site of bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad's Doura District December 25 2013.(Reuters / Ahmed Malik)

At least 18 people died in attacks across Iraq on Sunday, including a military general, according to police and medics.

RT has been following the deadly violence that swept the country in 2013 in a special project.

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least eight soldiers, along with a brigadier general and three other officers, Reuters cited police and medical sources as saying.

Another four soldiers were killed and ten others wounded when gunmen invaded military barracks in the town of Garma, located 30 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Four members of the government-backed “Sahwa” Sunni militia were killed at checkpoints in the Abu Ghraib district, police and medics stated. A bombing in another district in western Baghdad killed two people and injured six others.

Violence in Iraq intensified in 2013, making it the deadliest year in Iraq since 2008. More than 8,000 people have been killed this year, according to the United Nations.

Since the departure of US forces in 2011, Al-Qaeda has been able to re-establish its presence in Iraq by feeding off Sunni resentment towards Maliki’s Shiite government. Through its base in Syria, insurgents are able to deploy nearly 40 suicide bombers a month against Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis unwilling to fall under their rule.

Comments (4)


fran7 13.01.2014 10:17

Saudi Arabia is ruled by an out of date corrupt monarchy which uses its oil wealth to supress people who may be considered a danger to their greedy throne.
This is a regime which beheaded a young couple in public for simply falling in love and wanting to marry ( death of a princess )
Israel and Saudi Arabia are the main cause of all the problems in the middle east ably supported by the USA government and EU with death and destruction the undoubted result of this greed.
Snowden is a great hero for exposing aggressive USA foreign policy and Manning for showing the actual reality of USA military murder of civilians'.


Sam 30.12.2013 10:12

The only way to stop this terrorism is by bombing Saudi royal family and destroying the money supply of Al Qaidah.


Tom Sullivan 30.12.2013 03:57

Now that is a bit of nonsense...what about Sadam killing the Kurds to the north or somehow that doesn't count...really.

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