Bomb attack kills Iraqi army recruits
According to Iraqi police sources, the incident took place on Thursday after a bomb went off at Muthanna airfield – which is used by the Iraqi army – west of the capital.
The victims were reportedly registering their names to help government forces fight al-Qaeda-linked militants in the province of Anbar.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi officials say the main suspects are militants linked to al-Qaeda.
The violence in Anbar broke out on December 30, 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in the city of Ramadi. Iraqi authorities said the camp was used as “headquarters for the leadership of al-Qaeda.” The bloodshed later spread to the nearby city of Fallujah.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the people of Fallujah to “expel the terrorists” so that “their areas are not subjected to the dangers of armed clashes.”
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