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April 15, 2014
Militants close dam as Iraq violence kills 15
Baghdad (AFP) April 14, 2014
Militants have closed all gates of a Euphrates River dam they control in Iraq, blocking a major water source, a minister said on Monday, while violence killed 15 people. The latest unrest comes amid a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has claimed more than 2,550 lives so far this year and sparked fears of Iraq slipping back into the all-out sectarian killings of 2006 and 2007. The unrest has been driven principally by widespread anger among the Sunni Arab minority over claims of mist ... read more

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Attacks, including 13 car bombs in mainly Shiite-populated areas of Iraq, killed at least 18 people Wednesday, highlighting the persistent danger from militants 11 years after American forces took Baghdad. ... more
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Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections. ... more
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Iraq attacks kill 15 as UN warns of 'divisive' polls
Attacks against security forces killed 15 people Wednesday as the UN's envoy to Iraq warned that the country's election campaign would be "highly divisive" amid a year-long surge in bloodshed. ... more
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Election posters fill Baghdad as campaign starts
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Iraq attacks kill nine, one month before elections
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UN hopeful for way out of Iraq vote impasse
The UN envoy to Iraq said Thursday there was a "window of opportunity" for Baghdad to resolve a pre-election crisis sparked by the resignation en masse of its election commission. ... more
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27 killed across Iraq as militants seize village
Militants controlled a northern Iraqi village for several hours Friday as attacks nationwide killed 27 people, including at least 10 policemen, amid a surge in bloodshed ahead of parliamentary elections. ... more
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Iraq executes seven, including Saddam-era agents
Iraq executed seven people Thursday, including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP, despite international condemnation over Baghdad's use of the death penalty. ... more
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Suicide bomber kills 34 at crowded Iraq checkpoint
A suicide bomber killed 34 people, including two state television employees, at a checkpoint near Baghdad Sunday, after Iraq's premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in the country. ... more
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Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror charges by Iraq PM
Saudi Arabia on Monday slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism. ... more
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Iraq suicide bombing death toll rises to 50
A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said Monday, raising the toll from the day before. ... more
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Saudi Arabia and Qatar in 'war on Iraq': Maliki
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. ... more
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