Attacks kill at least 15 across Iraq

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2015 at 1:01 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraqi troops continue with their effort to dislodge Islamic State militants from a major city west of Baghdad, a wave of attacks across the country has killed at least 15 civilians.

The attacks bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has targeted Iraqi troops and civilians, especially Shiites.

In and around Baghdad today, five bombs went off in commercial areas, leaving eight people dead.

The attacks came a day after Iraqi security forces reported progress in recapturing some areas in the western city of Ramadi, 80 miles west of Baghdad, from the Islamic State extremists

Today, according to an Iraqi military spokesman, the advance of government troops in Ramadi was slowed by snipers, roadside bombs and booby-trapped buildings.

He said some of the families that were trapped in Ramadi had managed to flee the city and reached safe areas.

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