Bombings outside Iraq reconciliation meeting kill 23

Bombings outside Iraq reconciliation meeting kill 23

A series of apparently coordinated bombings aimed at a meeting for national reconciliation killed 23 people and wounded 65 others in western Iraq on Sunday, but they did not injure the officials who were at the gathering, the authorities said.

The bombings, which occurred in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, were the latest in a string of deadly attacks in the province during the past few months that have focused on tribal leaders and members of Iraqi security forces and Awakening Councils.

The province had been among the more peaceful in Iraq during the past two years after many tribal leaders dropped allegiances to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, an extremist Sunni Arab group, and joined Awakening Councils that linked with the American military and the Iraqi government. [continued…]

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