Sep­a­rate bomb­ings kill 10 in Bagh­dad

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BAGH­DAD:

Sep­a­rate bomb­ings in the Iraqi capital killed 10 peo­ple and wounded an­other 22 yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to Iraqi of­fi­cials. The Bagh­dad attacks mainly tar­geted civil­ians and though there was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, they bore all the hall­marks of the Is­lamic State group in what are ap­par­ently ef­forts by mil­i­tants to dis­tract from the Iraqi forces’ ma­jor of­fen­sive in the north­ern city of Mo­sul. Mo­sul is Iraq’s sec­ond-largest city and the IS mil­i­tant group’s last ma­jor ur­ban bas­tion in the coun­try.

The ca­su­alty toll for yes­ter­day’s attacks was pro­vided by po­lice and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief re­porters. The op­er­a­tion to re­take Mo­sul was launched in October and has been pro­gress­ing slowly in re­cent weeks. Iraqi forces con­trol less than a quar­ter of the city and have faced sig­nif­i­cant set­backs this week in Mo­sul’s south­east. Iraq’s Prime Min­is­ter Haider Al-Abadi has continued to pledge that the city will be re­taken by the end of the year but has also warned that IS will likely con­tinue to launch in­sur­gent style attacks in Iraq even af­ter los­ing con­trol of Mo­sul. — AP

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