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Baghdad death doll rises to 'at least 27' in bomb blasts

Civilians inspect a bomb site in the Jihad neighborhood in Baghdad. Credit: PA

At least 27 people have been killed in a series of bombings across Baghdad today, including three which were detonated in just 10 minutes.

The attacks are among the most significant in Baghdad since insurgents led by the Islamic State extremist group captured Iraq's second-largest city Mosul last month at the start of its blitz across Iraq.

Locals inspect the damage after a bomb ripped through houses and shop premises. Credit: PA

Today's deadliest bombing took place in the Shiite neighbourhood of Abu Dashir, where a suicide attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a checkpoint, killing at least nine people and injuring 19, officials said.

Four policemen were among the dead, a police officer said.

A woman weeps at the scene of a bomb site. Credit: Reuters

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  1. Geraint Vincent

More soldiers, more guns: Baghdad prepares for war

The scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad today. Credit: Reuters

There are conflicting reports as to who is prevailing in the fighting in Baquba - the Isis extremists or the government - but it is very close to Baghdad: less than 40 miles away.

I have seen more soldiers on the streets of Baghdad today than there usually are, and they are carrying heavier weaponry than they usually do.

Amongst the ordinary population we have had some reports of panic-buying, people stockpiling food and water, and supermarkets running out of stock.

Tragically, this is a city well used to terrorism. Today, there was a roadside bomb in the centre of Baghdad which killed three people.

The population is now once again getting used to the prospect of Baghdad becoming a full-on war zone. It is a frightening possibility for them.

UK to send a 'small team' to Baghdad embassy

Defence secretary Philip Hammond has said that the UK will be "putting a small team" in the British Baghdad embassy, to increase awareness and help plan for possible emergency situations.

Mr Hammond also said that the British government will only give "technical advice" to Iraq at this stage, which will be delivered through either military or civilian methods.

The statement comes after increased sectarian violence in the north of Iraq by Islamic militants.

United States beefs up embassy security in Baghdad

The Chancellery building inside the compound of the US embassy in Baghdad. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The US State Department said it is increasing security at its embassy in Baghdad and will move some workers out of the Iraqi capital - but said a "substantial majority" of the embassy presence will remain.

"Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated - both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Arbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman," a State Department statement spokesperson said.

Americans evacuated from airbase north of Baghdad

Americans are being evacuated from an airbase near Baghdad to escape the incursion from Islamist group ISIS.

Officials said three planes were set to leave Balad airfield in Sunni Muslim territory north of Baghdad, with ISIS militants sweeping south after capturing the city of Mosul yesterday.

Those being evacuated including 12 US service personnel and several hundred contractors, the Associated Press reports.

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