Iraq

Blast kills Iraqi government official

Iraq_blast_official_killA bombing attack has left an Iraqi government official and his driver dead in the western province of al-Anbar, according to local security officials.

Three roadside bombs targeted director of Kubeisa town Siyad Izerij’s car as he was on his way to work, killing the official and his driver on Thursday.

Police imposed a partial curfew in the area after the incident, Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, over a dozen coordinated bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad claimed the lives of at least 120 people.

The war-torn country has been under almost daily attacks over the past weeks, resulting in the death and injury of many civilians and security forces.

The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext that the country was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, but such weapons were never found.

Despite the withdrawal of US combat forces, Iraq continues to host some 50,000 American troops that remain in the country for “advising and training” purposes.

UN condemns ‘outrageous’ Iraq violence

The United Nations has “strongly condemned” a fresh wave of terrorist attacks in Iraq that killed at least 110 people and left dozens wounded.

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, said in a statement on Wednesday that he is shocked “by these outrageous and unjustifiable acts of violence.”

On Tuesday night, coordinated bombings in Shia districts of Baghdad left at least 64 people dead, two days after 46 Iraqis were killed at Baghdad Cathedral in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda.

The UN chief urged Iraqi people “to remain steadfast in the wake of such brutal violence and united in their commitment to a path of national reconciliation.”

The war-torn country has been under almost daily attacks over the past weeks, resulting in the death and injury of many civilians and security forces.

The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext that the country was in possession of weapons of mass destruction, but such weapons were never found.

Despite the withdrawal of US combat forces, Iraq continues to host some 50,000 American troops. Washington claims the troops remain in Iraq for “advising and training” purposes.

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