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Suicide Bombing, Shootouts Kill Dozens In Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Around 55 people were kill ed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shiite Muslim gathering, a police check-point and the family of a Sunni paramilitary leader opposed to Islamic State, according to security and medical sources. The escalation comes as Iraqi forces are getting ready to launch an offensive to take back Mosul, the last Iraqi city still under control of Islamic State, in northern Iraq.
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