In the attack near Baghdad killed at least 11 people

At least 13 killed in Iraq car bombings

At least 13 killed in Iraq car bombings

BASRA, Iraq Two suicide vehicle bombers blew themselves up at checkpoints on a highway near oilfields in the southern Iraqi province of Basra on Friday, killing several people, police sources and an interior ministry spokesman said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for most of such suicide attacks targeting the security forces and crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

The incident is said to have taken place in the al Refai neighbourhood in western Mosul, which has been the scene of intense fighting between the coalition forces and Islamic State.

Coalition officials say they believe a few hundred ISIS fighters remain in Mosul, holding hundreds of thousands of civilians as human shields.

Iraqi commanders have said they hope to fully liberate the city before the holy month of Ramadan, which is to begin at the end of next week. Since then a massive influx of weapons and training from Iran as well as a US-led campaign of coalition airstrikes has clawed back more than half of the territory ISIS once held.

Iraqi and coalition officials have repeatedly warned that after Mosul, ISIS will likely return to its insurgent roots as it loses more territory in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

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