• Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a bomb in Kadhimiyah district, Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 24, 2016. A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing and wounding people, Iraqi officials said. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

    Suicide bomber kills 14 at Iraq checkpoint; 9 die in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said, while a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital killed nine more people.

  • In this Thursday, July 14, 2016 picture, an Iraqi policeman uses a hand-held device that is supposed to detect bombs at a checkpoint in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. For nearly a decade, when you drove through one of Baghdad's seemingly endless checkpoints, a soldier would point a hand-held, gun-shaped device at your vehicle, intently watching if the antenna atop the device moved. If it pointed at your vehicle, the theory was, it had found a possible bomb. The wands were a fake, but it wasn't till a massive bombing this month that the government halted their use. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

    Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after July 3 blast

    BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad’s many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb.

  • In this Monday, July 4, 2016 photo, people gather to pray at the scene of a massive truck bomb attack during a funeral in Baghdad, Iraq. The July 3 suicide attack at Baghdad's Karradah district is the city's deadliest bombing since the Iraq war began 13 years ago, a grim distinction made all the more tragic by details of the immediate aftermath of the bombing given to the Associated Press by a half dozen survivors and witnesses. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    No exit: Safety failures turned Baghdad bombing into inferno

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the “Smile” cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.