The beasts baying at the gates of Baghdad.
Bombs rock Baghdad, executions grip Mosul
Car bombs have killed at least 35 people in Shiite parts of Baghdad and on its outskirts. The US military says it has dropped supplies to Iraqi troops in northern Iraq and made airstrikes against “Islamic State” units.
An ice cream shop in Baghdad was among three locations devastated by suicide bombers on Saturday. The blast killed eight people and left a further 18 wounded, police and medical officials said.
The attack happened in a shop-lined street in the Iraqi capital’s Shaoula neighborhood.
A second car bombing 30 minutes later killed 15 people and wound 44 others.
Another bomber blew up his vehicle at a traffic roundabout in Baghdad’s northern farming district of Kadhimiya, killing 11 people, three of them police officers. Officials said another 27 people were wounded.
Hospital officials – speaking on the condition of anonymity — confirmed the casualty figures.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks – the latest in a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital.
IS units targeted in airstrikes
The US Central Command said the US and Dutch militaries had targeted units of the jihadist “Islamic State” (IS) group on Saturday during airstrikes near the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar and northwest of Hit in Anbar province.
Last week, IS fighters seized towns near Hit, sending Iraqi soldiers fleeing and leaving a stockpile of weapons at risk of capture.