BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and shootings have left at least 19 people dead today in and around the Iraqi capital.
The violence came during a visit to Iraq by the foreign minister of Iran. The Iranians have been keeping an eye on the increasing violence in a region of western Iraq. Iran shares U.S. concerns about militants with links to al-Qaida taking a stronger foothold in Iraq.
Iran has even offered to supply military equipment and advisers if Iraq should ask for it.
Violence has been on the rise in Anbar as security forces and Sunni tribesmen battle al-Qaida fighters over the control of two key cities there.
But today's violence centered on the capital, Baghdad. Gunmen killed a judge and his driver in a drive-by shooting in the morning, and other violence added to the death toll throughout the day.
A bomb attached to a mini-bus exploded in the afternoon in a Shiite neighborhood, killing three passengers.
048-r-05-(sound of cleaners and residents, gathering to assess damage caused by blast in Baghdad)--This is the sound of cleaners and residents who gathered to assess damage caused by the blast in Baghdad. (14 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO BAG108: Mourners prepare to bury the body of Mahmoud Abdullah, who was killed in a mortar attack, at the cemetery in Fallujah, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Violence has been on the rise in Iraq recently as security forces and allied Sunni tribesmen in Anbar province battle al-Qaida fighters over the control of two key cities there. (AP Photo) (14 Jan 2014)
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