Iraqi security forces run with their weapons during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Atheel al-Nujaifi, governor of Iraq's Nineveh province and the parliament speaker's brother, on Monday survived the third attempt on his life this month, as violence killed 19 people, officials said.There have now been at least six attempts to kill Nujaifi in less than a year, showing that even the most senior official in the northern province -- one of the most dangerous in Iraq -- is vulnerable to attack.Two roadside bombs exploded near Nujaifi's convoy in Nineveh's capital Mosul, wounding two provincial councillors but leaving the governor unharmed, a police major and a hospital employee said.Nujaifi, brother of parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, is in his second term as governor of Nineveh, where Sunni militants have a major presence and carry out near-daily attacks.
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