Auto bomb attack kills at least 23, injures dozens in Iraq's capital

Iraqi forces take two more villages in W. Mosul: Army

Iraqi forces take two more villages in W. Mosul: Army

Iraqi officials say a bombing in Baghdad has killed at least 23 people.

Iraqi officials said that almost 23 people died whereas 45 others were wounded in a suicide vehicle bombing in Baghdad on Monday.The attack targeted a commercial area in Baghdad's southwestern Amil neighborhood, police and hospital officials said.

The attack targeted a commercial area in Baghdad's southwestern Amil neighborhood, police and hospital officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which bore all the hallmarks of a suicide attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information.

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Iraqi forces advanced in western Mosul, reaching the outskirts of the historic Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, where Islamic State's leader declared the establishment of its self-styled caliphate in 2014.

The attacks came as the Iraqi security forces backed by anti-IS global coalition are carrying out a major offensive to drive out the IS militants from its last major stronghold in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.

An rocket fired by Federal Police Rapid Response Forces explodes near the old city during fighting against Daesh in Mosul, Iraq on Monday. The militants have carried out similar bombings in Baghdad and other cities as their hold on Mosul weakens.

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