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Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad's Bab Sharji district, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

IS claimed responsibility for Baghdad bombing

The hardline Sunni militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Tuesday morning in central Baghdad that police said killed three people and wounded 27.

The blast occurred near a gathering of workers in Tayaran Square, about a kilometer from a sit-in held by supporters of influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to demand political reforms.

Islamic State, which claimed responsibility in an online statement, also claimed a suicide bombing last Friday that killed 26 people at an amateur soccer game in Iskandariya, south of Baghdad.

At least 60 people were killed earlier this month in an attack further south, in Hilla, when an explosives-laden fuel tanker slammed into an Iraqi security checkpoint.

An apparent escalation of bombings targeting areas outside Islamic State’s primary control in northern and western Iraq suggests that Iraqi government forces may be stretched thin after recent gains against the group.

Analysts in Europe have interpreted recent attacks there, such as last week’s bombings in Brussels or the killings in Paris last November, as a sign that Islamic State was expanding its field of action in response to setbacks in Iraq and Syria.

But Baghdad analysts say the group has long staged indiscriminate suicide bombings and see these attacks as a continuation of that tactic.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad Bab Sharji district

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad’s Bab Sharji district, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

ISIL Has Reportedly Beheaded An American Journalist Steven Sotloff

BEIRUT (AP) — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year. The extremist group, which has claimed wide swaths of … read more

Female Kurdish Fighters Are A Big Problem For ISIS Extremists

A consortium of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by American airstrikes, captured the Mosul Dam back from ISIS on Monday, delivering the biggest blow to the radical Sunni group yet. From the AP:   The U.S. military said U.S. forces conducted nine strikes on … read more

Iraq : The US carried out air strikes against Islamic State fighters

Wreckage of a car belonging to Islamic State militants after it was targeted by an American air strike

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi’ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama … read more

Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake control of Mosul Dam

 Iraqi security forces and Kurdish fighters on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from the hands of Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago, an army spokesman in Baghdad said.  BAGHDAD (AP) — … read more

Iraq’s new PM – designate won swift endorsements from USA and Iran

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from both the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country. Haider … read more

Other crises muscle onto world stage just as Iraq is coming undone

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Across the broad swath of territory it controls from northern Syria through northern and western Iraq, the extremist group known as the Islamic State has proven to be highly organized governors. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Situation in Baghdad is so dire, top military leaders said to have bags packed ready to flee By James Kitfield 4 hours ago Yahoo News While the Obama administration and much of the global media focused on crises in Ukraine … read more

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum named new president of Iraq

Fouad Massoum, one of the two candidates of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to the post of Iraq’s president

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote. Massoum, 76, is one of the founders of current President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. He is considered a soft-spoken moderate, known … read more

Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people in Iraq

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Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq’s instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president. U.N. chief … read more