UPDATE: Attacks Kill 19 in Iraq as Iranian Diplomat Visits 1/14/14
January 14, 2014
BAGHDAD - 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.