Car bomb blast kills five in Iraq’s Tikrit — police, medics

In the file photo, Iraqi Shiite fighters stand at the site of a car bomb in 2015 in a suburb of Tikrit. A car bomb blast killed at least five people and wounded 16 others in the city on Sunday. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 18 November 2018
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Car bomb blast kills five in Iraq’s Tikrit — police, medics

TIKRIT, Iraq: A car bomb blast killed at least five people and wounded 16 others in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Sunday, police and medical sources said.
The blast set nearly a dozen vehicles on fire, the police sources said. Security forces have closed most of the city streets and deployed in case of any other incidents.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion. Such attacks have been rare in Tikrit, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, since Daesh were defeated in Iraq in 2017.
Daesh militants have switched from controlling territory to insurgency tactics such as bombings and attacks on security forces since their military defeat.
Analysts and security sources warn these attacks are likely to increase in traditional Sunni militant strongholds in the north and west of the country, although security in Baghdad has improved.
Iraq's government said this week that about 2,000 Iraqi Daesh fighters based across the border in eastern Syria were seeking to come back to Iraq, and that security forces were preparing to prevent militant incursions.


Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir arrives in Damascus in first such visit by Arab leader to Syria since crisis - Syrian state media

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Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir arrives in Damascus in first such visit by Arab leader to Syria since crisis - Syrian state media

AMMAN: Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, the first such visit by an Arab leader since the start of the Syrian conflict, Syrian state media said.
President Bashar Assad welcomed him at the airport, official photos showed. Many Arab countries have shunned Assad since the conflict that began early in 2011 after protests calling for his downfall swept Syria.

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