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ICC Note:

ISIS continues its desperate attempt to regain control of the areas overtaken by Iraqi forces. At least 20 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured when a car bomb was detonated in a populated market in Baghdad. These continued defensive actions may prove detrimental for Christians and other minorities still in Iraq and those returning to their homes.

3/21/2017 Iraq (BBC) – A car bomb has exploded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing more than 20 people and wounding many others, police and medical sources say.

The blast went off in a market in the mainly Shia Amil district in the south-west of the city.

No group has said it carried out the attack but so-called Islamic State (IS) has in recent months carried out many similar bombings.

The attack comes as government forces try to recapture Mosul from IS.

More than 180,000 civilians have fled the west of the city over the past month. Reports on Monday said IS had captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in Mosul after they ran out of ammunition.

Police say the bomb on Monday went off at a busy time in Amil, a business district of Baghdad.



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