Iraq: Gunmen kill police, mayor in ambushes
BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in Iraq killed three police officers and a local mayor Wednesday, targeting symbols of government control in former insurgent strongholds in the country's west.
The killings in Sunni-dominated Anbar province are the latest in a string of bloody attacks that has left more than 100 Iraqis dead over the past week.
Many Iraqis fear the country risks descending into a wave sectarian violence like the one that nearly led to civil war in 2006 and 2007. Well-armed Shiite militias continue to operate in the country, as do Sunni insurgents who seek to undermine the Shiite-dominated government.
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