|Iraq hangs 11 more convicted of terrorism||
Iraq hanged 11 people convicted of terrorist offences on Thursday, the justice ministry said, according to Reuters.
All those executed were Iraqi nationals, justice ministry spokesman Haider al-Saadi said, bringing the total number of people executed in less than one week to 37.
Violence in Iraq has surged in the past year to its highest levels since the sectarian bloodshed that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when tens of thousands of people were killed.
Police on Thursday said they had thwarted an attack against a meeting of the provincial council in Diyala province, killing seven suicide bombers and dismantling five car bombs that were apparently to be used during the foiled assault.
Gunmen also attacked an Iraqi army base in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib neighborhood killing 2 soldiers, and a roadside bomb exploded when a minibus was passing near Tarmiya, north of the capital, killing another person, police said.
Army kills scores of terrorists in Anbar
Meanwhile, Iraqi armed forces have managed to kill scores of al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the country’s Anbar Province as the army continues its fight against terrorists.
According to the Iraqi Defense Ministry, the army forces carried out airstrikes on the takfiri militants’ bases in the western province of Anbar, killing scores of them.
The Iraqi ministry also said the government troops had dismantled caches of ammunition in the violence-stricken province.
Senior Iraqi lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati told Press TV, “We are fighting the al-Qaeda and the [al-Qaeda-affiliated] ISIL (so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the Anbar Province,” adding that that the terrorists are trying to form bases in the area.
Over the past weeks, Anbar has been the scene of deadly fighting between Iraqi security forces and the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL militants.
Violence erupted in Anbar on December 30, 2013, when the army removed an anti-government camp in the city of Ramadi. Iraqi authorities said the camp had been used as “headquarters for the leadership of al-Qaeda.”
The turmoil later spread to Fallujah and the militants moved in and seized the city as well as parts of Ramadi.
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