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    Nearly 800 Killed in Iraq's Bloodiest Month This Year

    Of 799 people killed, UN says, 196 were members of Iraqi security forces, rest were civilians - often victims of attacks by Sunni Islamist insurgents who have been regaining ground and momentum over past year
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    A series of car bombings has killed nearly 60 people in the Iraqi capital, part of a day of violence that saw militants attack an Iraqi university.

    The blasts in Baghdad Saturday targeted mainly Shi'ite areas, underscoring the sectarian violence that has been on the rise in Iraq.

    Elsewhere, heavy fighting between militants and security forces raged a second day in the northern city of Mosul.  Officials say 38 militants and 21 police officers have died in the clashes.  

    In Iraq's western province of Anbar, gunmen attacked a university and took dozens of students hostage before security forces led an assault to retake the campus.

    Police say militants began the attack by killing three guards at the gate of Anbar University in the city of Ramadi.  Security forces later exchanged fire with the militants and sealed off the area.

    There has been no claim of responsibility for Saturday's assault in Ramadi, although the group called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has carried out many attacks in recent months.

    The group remains in control of the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital. 

    On Friday, the U.N. refugee agency said about 480,000 people have fled their homes since fighting escalated between Shi'ite-led government forces and Sunni rebels in Anbar early this year.

    Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    June 08, 2014 6:03 AM
    This terrorist group finance by Saudi Arabia.SA still main sponsor of Al Qaida, Its branches, Taliban and so many Islamic Terrorist group. I cannot understand what is the achievement for SA if there is pieces of Iraq and Syria completely wipe out from the world map. SA played a major role to remove Gaddafi of Libya, Morsi from Egypt. Now there is no Business transaction in Libya and no safety and security for poor Libyans and same situation in Syria. This is sad story in place of giving bread, rich peoples feel proud by taking bread.

    by: Bob from: U.S.
    June 07, 2014 5:17 PM
    Well it looks like George W. Bush is responsible for tearing a country apart for nothing, and look what is now happening.....so he gets to go off happy and free building his library to house all of the "good" things he did as President....let's see, tearing Iraq apart, Afghanistan next, at the loss of Americans lives doing it.....

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