Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 27


Jeffrey Brown has more. The blast followed an overnight suicide bombing at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop that killed at least 21 people. A suicide bomber struck as families milled about following their breaking of the fast.

Two vehicle bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others in streets packed with crowds preparing for the Ramadan fast early on Tuesday (May 30), security sources said.

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

"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?

"We're waiting for death at any moment, either by bombing or starving", one told the Reuters news agency, asking not to be identified.

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

In separate online statements, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the two attacks, saying its suicide bombers targeted gatherings of Shiites.

During Ramadan last year, another section of Karrada was hit by a suicide bombing that killed nearly 300 people, the deadliest single attack in the Iraqi capital in 13 years of conflict.

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And, afterwards, Iraqi security officials pledged to revamp the security of the district of Baghdad.

Iraq has been roiled by violence since IS seized vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.

A member of the Mosul council Mohammed Hassan told The New Arab the aircrafts resorted to carpet-bombing the area after the Iraqi army failed to advance against IS militants, which led to "the hysterical bombing of an entire neighbourhood". The fall of Mosul would, in effect, mark the end of the Iraqi half of the "caliphate" declared almost three years ago by ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a speech at the medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque. "We stand w/Iraq against this evil", McGurk said on Twitter.

Iraqi forces pressed forward Monday with an offensive against extremist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.

French special forces in Iraq are secretly hunting down and killing French nationals who have joined ISIS's senior ranks with the help of Iraqi soldiers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Old City itself is densely populated and tightly packed with narrow roads and alleyways that make it hard if not impossible for Iraqi forces' armored vehicles or heavy equipment to get into.

In Mosul, Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on remaining pockets of territory held by IS, but unlike past urban battles against them in Iraq, the militants still hunkered down in the city are mounting a stiff resistance, and the more the battle stretches out, the greater the risk for civilians remaining behind.

But aid groups are warning that that could be incredibly unsafe for the civilians who are trapped inside the Old City, as there are no safe passageways for them to exit.

According to a Hashd Shaabi units statement, they pushed to the border line on Monday morning from the newly-freed town of al-Qahtaniyah, some 18 km east of the Syrian border, making their first arrival to the border line in south of Sinjar mountain.