Iraq marks national holiday with military parade

The incident occurred after a man drove a pick-up truck loaded with explosives that went off during rush hour at the fruit and vegetable market in the al-Rashidiya district.

The image of a little girl staring into the camera with a penetrating glare, her face wrapped entirely in white bandages, captures the agony of Iraqis after the country struggles to recover from a horrific bomb blast that killed close to 300 people, and burned many alive.

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in a car-bomb blast in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, according to an Iraqi policeman. The developments came on the heels of two large-scale attacks claimed by the Islamic State group that killed more than 300 people last week.

Iraqi government-backed ‚à " úPopular Mobilization‚à " ù forces took part in a joint military parade with Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 14, 2016.

U.S. defence secretary Ash Carter on Monday, July 11, announced the dispatch of 560 additional soldiers to Iraq, most of whom will work from Qayara to assist the Iraqi thrust towards Mosul.

Two separate bombings elsewhere in Baghdad killed four civilians and wounded 16, police said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to talk to the media. Police were forced to shut down several major roads around Baghdad as a result of the attack.

The attack happened in an area of the capital which was the scene of a deadly attack a day earlier.

The recent uptick in Daesh attacks beyond the front lines demonstrated the Daesh group's ability to launch lethal attacks despite recent territorial losses in both Iraq and Syria. IS militants still hold pockets of territory in northern and western Iraq.

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