Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 27

Gwen Vasquez
June 1, 2017

Another bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad just after midnight on Monday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, hospital and police officials said. A suicide bomber struck as families milled about following their breaking of the fast.

In a statement, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second attack came during the morning rush hour in a central district of Baghdad.

Backed by the US -led global coalition, Iraq last October launched a wide-scale military offensive to recapture Mosul and the surrounding areas, with various Iraqi military, police and paramilitary forces taking part in the operation.

"It is a matter of time and we will return those Yazidi families to their places", he promised.

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So, these attacks are clearly targeting places where many are gathered, right? Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the leaflets told the pro-government forces to leave the established protected zone, which is about 55 kilometers around an area where US and coalition forces have been operating.

SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press: In the aftermath of the bombings, there was a lot of anger.

Suicide bombers have also been deployed by ISIS to slow down the advance of the Iraqi military, while the complicated and dense street layout of the Old City hampers the army's advances.

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But defeats on the battlefield have not prevented IS from carrying out deadly attacks targeting civilians, including a bombing in Karrada district a year ago that killed more than 320 people. That was the largest single attack in Baghdad since the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi military officials said they hoped to capture the Al-Nuri mosque, where Baghdadi announced the caliphate, in the next few days.

This is the opposite of the strategy Iraqi forces employed in east Mosul, where they urged civilians to stay in their homes.

Ramadan is often marked by an uptick in violence in Iraq.

The small group of USA and British Special Forces use the base in southern Syria, less than 10 miles from Jordan's border with Iraq and Syria, to train two vetted Syrian opposition groups, the Maghawir al-Thawra and Shohada al-Quartayn, according to officials in Baghdad.

Iraqi commanders say the grueling fight that is now in its eighth month is in the final stage, an operation that the United Nations warns will likely put the more than 100,000 civilians still trapped by IS inside Mosul at severe risk.

There have also been reports that members of an Iraqi interior ministry special forces unit killed detainees during the Mosul operation.

Residents in Mosul started to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Saturday after three years under ISIS rule who imposed rigorous Sharia laws on the population including mandatory wearing of burqa and niqab for women.

At least 27 Iraqi security personnel have been killed - and dozens more injured - over the past 48 hours in ongoing clashes in Daesh-held western Mosul, an Iraqi security source said Tuesday.

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