Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/ WORLD - Rick Hamp­son

In the third bomb­ing in or near Bagh­dad in the past two weeks, an at­tacker on Sun­day crashed a fuel truck filled with ex­plo­sives into a se­cu­rity check­point south of Bagh­dad, killing at least 47 and wound­ing scores of oth­ers, of­fi­cials said.

The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack in an on­line state­ment, part of the group’s cam­paign to cre­ate havoc far from the front bat­tle lines and force the govern­ment forces to overex­tend them­selves.

CNN and other me­dia out­lets said the claim was­made via the Is­lamic State- af­fil­i­ated Amaq news agency and on so­cial me­dia.

The Is­lamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, has car­ried out scores of sui­cide bomb­ings against Iraq’s se­cu­rity forces and the coun­try’s Shi­ite Mus­lim ma­jor­ity. Hil­lah is in the mainly Shi­ite south, far from the main ac­tion in the govern­ment’s war with the Is­lamic State.

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