Truck Bomb Kills at Least 19 in City North of Baghdad

Iraq war redux


A truck packed with explosives blew up in a city north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 19 people, as security forces and allied tribesman battled to put down an uprising by al-Qaida-linked militants who overran police stations in several Sunni cities.

The Shiite-led government was trying to contain the eruption of militant violence in mainly Sunni Anbar province amid mounting sectarian tensions, fueled by authorities' moves the past week, arresting a senior Sunni politician accused of terrorism and dismantling a months-old Sunni sit-in protest.