Smoke rises from the site of a bomb attack near Khullani Square in Baghdad February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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A spate of bombings in Baghdad killed at least 34 people on Wednesday, including several blasts near the heavily-fortified "Green Zone" and a busy square in the centre of the capital, Iraqi security sources said.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining ground in Iraq, particularly in the western province of Anbar, where they overran two cities on Jan. 1 .In a separate incident, a suicide bomber driving a car detonated himself along with the vehicle outside a restaurant close to a checkpoint one street away from the Green Zone, killing eight people, the security sources said.The city of Falluja is currently being surrounded and shelled by the Iraqi army in preparation for a possible ground assault to drive out anti-government fighters, which include members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
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