7 Iraqi security personnel killed as unrest surges
29 January, 2014
BAGHDAD: Gun attacks north of Baghdad killed seven members of Iraq's security forces on Tuesday, the latest in a surge in violence fuelling fears the country is slipping back into all-out conflict.
Coupled with a deadly standoff between security forces and anti-government fighters in the western province of Anbar, unrest this month has left more than 850 people dead, the worst prolonged period of bloodshed since Iraq began emerging from a brutal sectarian war in 2008.
On Monday the United States said it plans to sell Iraq 24 Apache attack helicopters in a $4.8 billion deal to help the country fight militants while foreign leaders have urged the Shiite-led government to address long-term grievances in the disaffected Sunni community to undercut support for militancy.