Deadly ISIS attack on checkpoint in Iraq kills a dozen

The bomber reportedly slammed his auto, which was loaded with explosives, into the checkpoint in northeastern al-Rashidiya district, a predominantly Shiite neighborhood.

Baghdad has seen a dramatic rise in such terror attacks over the past weeks, majority claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terror group.

The blast set fire to several nearby civilian vehicles and damaged many others, along with destroying part of the checkpoint's building, the source said.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

The bombings are the latest in a series of deadly attacks in and around Baghdad, including an IS truck bombing which killed 292 people on 3 July. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday presided over a parade in central Baghdad as Iraqi security forces made significant progress in battles against Islamic State (IS) militants to free the last major IS stronghold in Mosul.

Many blame the current chronic instability, cycle of violence, and the emergence of extremist groups such as the IS group on the United States, which invaded Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of seeking to destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country.

Italian officials on Wednesday pointed to delayed, EU-financed rail improvements and the "risky", antiquated telephone alert system used in parts of Italy as possible underlying causes of a violent head-on train crash that killed about two dozen people.

Wednesday's attacks came on the eve of a military parade in Baghdad to mark the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of a Hashemite monarchy and the declaration of Iraq as a republic.

IS has stepped up attacks in recent months as it has lost territory in northern and western Iraq that it had captured in 2014.

According to Carter, who on Monday met with top Iraqi officials, the new American forces should arrive in the coming weeks.

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