(BAGHDAD) — Violence is on the rise again in Iraq as militants try to expose flaws in the country’s national security ahead of an Arab summit in Baghdad at the end of the month.
The latest incident occurred Wednesday in the northern town of Tal Afar when twin bombings left 14 people dead. The city is mostly made up of Shiite Turkmen.
Earlier in the week, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the slaying of 27 police officers during a shooting rampage in western Iraq.
While violence hasn’t returned to the levels of 2006 and 2007 when Iraq seemed on the verge of a civil war, the insurgency seems to have gotten bolder since U.S. forces withdrew from the country late last year.
Security will be especially tight in Baghdad on March 29 when the Arab League holds it first non-emergency summit in Iraq since before Saddam Hussein became the totalitarian leader of the country in the early 1980s.
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