At least 15 killed in multiple Iraq bombings

Attacks in Iraq have dropped sharply since the peak of sectarian slaughter in 2006-2007, but bombings, assaults and assassinations by Sunni Muslim insurgents and Shiite Muslim militias still occur nearly daily. (Reuters)

Three bombs exploded in a commercial Baghdad district and another blast hit the city’s western outskirts on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, police and hospital sources said.

In the first attack, bombs on each side of the main road from Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, to Fallujah hit a truck carrying construction workers, First Lieutenant Omar Zawbai of the Abu Ghraib police told AFP.

Dr. Omar Delli of Fallujah Hospital said that “the hospital received seven bodies and seven wounded,” two of whom later died.

An interior ministry official put the casualty toll at eight dead and 13 wounded from the Abu Ghraib attack.

An Iraqi defense ministry official said that three bombs exploded in the Baab al-Sharqi area of central Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 28 others.

The official put the toll from the Baghdad blasts at eight dead and 13 wounded.

Attacks in Iraq have dropped sharply since the peak of sectarian slaughter in 2006-2007, but bombings, assaults and assassinations by Sunni Muslim insurgents and Shiite Muslim militias still occur nearly daily almost nine years after the U.S. invasion.

The remaining 18,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are packing up by the end of the year when a security pact with Baghdad expires. Talks to keep some U.S. troops in Iraq as trainers fell apart over the question of legal immunity for U.S. soldiers.

Iraqi and U.S. officials say Iraq's national military is capable of containing stubborn violence, but they are concerned about gaps the U.S. withdrawal will leave in their capabilities in areas like air defense and intelligence gathering.

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