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Suicide Car Bomb blasts kill at least 22 in Baghdad

Hundreds of men in a Fallujah hospital claim they were physically assaulted by Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces

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As Coalition Forces respond to a car bombing in South Baghdad, Iraq (IRQ), a second car bomb is detonated, targeting those responding to the initial incident. The attack, aimed at the Iraqi police force, resulted in 18 casualties, two of which were police officers, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
  • Two separate car bombings killed 22 in Baghdad
  • Attacks were expected to subside in the Iraqi capital, which is not the case
  • IS has claimed responsibility for many previous attacks, but not this one

Two separate suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq’s capital have killed at least 22 Thursday morning, June 9, according to police.

One bomb targeted a commercial street in eastern Baghdad, killing at 15 civilians and wounding 35 others. Another explosion hit a bus stop near one of the country’s largest military bases north of Baghdad and killed at least 12 people and leaving 28 others injured.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for almost all suicide attacks in Baghdad in recent months, although no claim for Thursday’s explosions has yet been verified.

Attacks in the Iraqi capital have not subsided as many expected, despite the Iraqi offensive against Islamic State militants in Fallujah, a military spokesman in Baghdad said Wednesday, June 8.

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Iraqi forces have been battling with the IS fighters for a few weeks in an effort to retake the city, which has been controlled by the Muslim group since January, 2014. The offensive has so-far surrounded the city on three sides, with the only area remaining unclaimed being the western bank of the Euphrates.

Human Rights Watch called upon the Iraqi government Thursday, June 9 to investigate reports of abuse carried out by its military forces against civilians in the operation to take Fallujah.

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In Baghdad. Image Courtesy: Associated Press
In Baghdad. Image Courtesy: Associated Press

Hundreds of men in a Fallujah hospital claim they were physically assaulted by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, according to the international rights group.

A U.N. estimate puts the number of civilians trapped in Fallujah at around 50,000. People have been attempting to cross the Euphrates River as a means of escape, but the U.N. said several people, including children, have drowned while attempting to traverse the 300 meter-wide river.

-prepared by Saurabh Bodas (with inputs from VOA), an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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Terrorist Safe Havens Should Be Eliminated: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok that the international community should come together to disrupt terrorist networks

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens. Wikimedia Commons

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens and disrupt their networks and financing in order to thwart cross-border movements for achieving sustainable regional security is achieved.

Singh was addressing the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Thailand, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the regional framework this year. Describing terrorism as the most heinous cross-border crime, Singh said some states have been using terror to pursue their political goals.

“It is so much worse when terrorists are aided, abetted, armed, financed and sheltered by States. The interplay between states and non-state actors, used as proxies to foment violence, has worsened this menace. The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is not just a painful cancer, it is also the leading reason for unsustainable security,” said Singh.

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Rajnath Singh says that The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is the leading reason for unsustainable security. Wikimedia Commons

The theme of the meeting this year is ‘Sustainable Security.’ Singh said there is a need for a more cooperative, equitable and consultative paradigm to deal with the broad and complex security challenges to find sustainable solutions.

Singh further said that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based region in which there is respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all natikons.

“Our region must remain open and welcoming to the interests of all, those who live in it and others whose interests are in it. In short, our approach to security in the Indo-Pacific is sustainable by definition because it emphasises Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” added Singh.

On negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, Singh said the outcome of these talks will be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said the forum promotes freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce and also emphasised the need to protect the rights of States that are not party to these negotiations.

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Singh emphasied that India looks forward to the progress made through dialogue in addressing all related issues, including the proliferation trail that links South and East Asia on the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “As dialogue remains on the table, we hope missile launches and such destabilising activities will cease”, he said.

During the course of his address, Singh said India is eager to co-chair the India-Indonesia Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the next cycle. (IANS)