January 9, 2014

Violence continued in Iraq on Thursday as a suicide bomber attacked a military recruiting center in Baghdad, killing at least 21 people.

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Adam Schreck of The Associated Press reported that the attack “likely meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers over the Iraqi troops’ ongoing push to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaida militants.”

The suicide bombing followed an attack Wednesday night in the Diyala Province, where gunmen killed 12 soldiers at an army barracks.

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