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Violence resurging in Iraq with death toll in 2013 highest in years

Updated: 2014-01-03 AM 6:28:36 (KST)
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More than 20 people were killed in two separate attacks in Iraq Thursday in yet another sign extremist groups linked to al-Qaeda are making a resurgence in the country.
Officials say a truck bombing killed at least 19 in a city north of Baghdad as security forces and allied tribesman battled to put down an uprising by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
In a separate attack, a minibus exploded in Baghdad, killing four and wounding six.
Violence has intensified since April, after the Shia-led government launched a deadly crackdown on a Sunni protest camp and clashes continue between army and Sunni fighters, after gunmen seized control of several police stations.
Heavy fighting has also been raging in Anbar province since Monday.
Earlier this week, the United Nations said over 7,8-hundred Iraqi civilians were killed in violent attacks in 2013, the highest annual death toll in years.

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