Shiite volunteers from the Mehdi Army loyal to radical religious authority Muqtada al-Sadr, ride a vehicle during a patrol, on the outskirts of Tikrit July 20, 2014. (REUTERS)
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Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.In one of the attacks, mortar rounds rained down on Shiite neighborhoods in the town of Mahmoudiya Sunday night, killing 11 civilians and wounding 31, a police official said. Eight people were wounded in that attack, said the police official.The U.S. mission in Iraq said Friday that at least 5,576 civilians were killed and another 11,665 wounded in the first six months of this year.
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