Policemen inspect a destroyed car after a car bomb attack near a police station, south of the city of Kirkuk July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Kurdish ministers boycotted Iraq's caretaker Cabinet and authorities in Baghdad halted cargo flights to two Kurdish cities Thursday in an escalating feud between the Kurds and the Shiite-led central government.Relations between Baghdad and the Kurds hit a low Wednesday when Maliki accused them of allowing Irbil to be used as a center for militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and other insurgents, who include former members of the banned Baath Party and ex-army personnel.The army and Shiite militias have fought insurgents north of Baghdad for nearly a month, vowing to claw back ground they lost in the space of a few days in June.Maliki's military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta, said scores of "terrorists" had been killed in the last 24 hours, including 46 in the western province of Anbar and 39 in Diyala, east of Baghdad. Militia officials and fighters backing government forces in Salahuddin province and around Baghdad have told Reuters they had been detaining Sunnis on terrorism charges.
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