Iraq: Car bomb explosion kills at least 6 north of Baghdad

Iraqi firefighters extinguish fire at the site of a car bomb attack at a garage in the capital Baghdad on January 24, 2017. (File/ AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Iraq: Car bomb explosion kills at least 6 north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded outside a restaurant north of Baghdad killing at least six people.
Iraq’s Joint Operations Command says the explosives-laden car ignited Wednesday outside a restaurant on a highway near Beiji city.
Health Ministry spokesman Saif Al-Badr said six people were killed and 42 wounded.
It was not immediately clear what the target was and no group immediately claimed responsibility.
Beiji, about 250 kilometers north of Baghdad, fell to the Daesh group during its 2014 blitz across northern and western Iraq, and it was the scene of heavy fighting until it was taken back in 2015.
Despite its defeat, IS has been able to launch attacks in areas that were under their control in Iraq’s north and west.


Iraqi town fearful as battle against Daesh rages next door

Updated 21 November 2018
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Iraqi town fearful as battle against Daesh rages next door

  • The battle on the doorstep means life in Qaim is still on hold, with residents waiting for their town to be rebuilt
  • On the other side of Qaim, the fight is still raging to capture one of the militants’ last enclaves

QAIM, Iraq: More than a year after the Iraqi town of Qaim was freed from the Daesh group, booms from airstrikes still echo and columns of smoke rise beyond the berms and concrete walls marking the border with Syria. There, on the other side, the fight is raging to capture one of the militants’ last enclaves.
Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen outside Qaim keep watch over a giant earth barricade topped with barbed wire that runs along the long desert border. Iraqi artillery and US-led coalition warplanes bombard Daesh positions inside Syria, while Iraqi militiamen along with allied Iranian troops cross the border to back Syrian troops.
The battle on the doorstep means life in Qaim is still on hold, with residents waiting for their town to be rebuilt.