U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday arrived in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on an unannounced visit to meet with Iraqi leaders, Iraqi official television reported.
At least nine people were killed and 32 were injured today when a vehicle packed with explosives was detonated in a district just north of Baghdad, security and medical sources said.
Many blame the current chronic instability, cycle of violence, and the emergence of extremist groups such as the IS group on the United States, which invaded Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of seeking to destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country. "I am pleased to report today that. we agreed for the U.S. to bolster Iraqi efforts to isolate and pressurise Mosul by deploying 560 additional troops", Carter said in Baghdad, referring to Iraq's Islamic State-held second city.
A police officer says an explosives-laden pickup truck exploded on Tuesday morning at a vegetable and fruit market in al-Rashidiya.
The last devastating attack in Iraq occurred early in July when over 100 people were killed and many others were injured in a terrorist attack on Karada district, Baghdad, ahead of the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.
A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Iraq's second city Mosul has been under Islamic State group control since June 2014. The Sunni extremists, who consider Shiites heretics, swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014, capturing large chunks of territory and plunging the country into its worst crisis since US troops left at the end of 2011.
Numerous newly deployed troops will be based at an airfield 40 miles south of Mosul that was reclaimed by Iraqi soldiers Saturday.
This was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago. And last Thursday, an attack at a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad killed 37 people. The Iraqis have struggled to move troops, resources and equipment - tasks that will become even harder as their forces move closer to Mosul, which is 250 miles from their major supply hubs in Baghdad. The Interior Ministry spokesman, Brig.