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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Car Bomber Kills 10 Near Ramadi

ReutersChildren watching U.S. soldiers patrolling from their home in Baghdad's northwest Sunni neighborhood on Tuesday.
BAGHDAD -- A suicide car bomber killed at least 10 in a market near Ramadi on Tuesday, a mortar attack on a Shiite district in southern Baghdad killed at least four and police in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk said intruders killed two elderly nuns.

The suicide car bomber near Ramadi detonated his load around 1 p.m. in the al-Jazeera district northeast of the province capital in an area that was not patrolled by the military, police officials said.

Kirkuk police said the Chaldean Catholic nuns -- Fawzeiyah Naoum, 85, and her sister Margaret, 79 -- were stabbed multiple times by two intruders who raided their home Monday night near the Kirkuk's Cathedral of the Virgin.

They lived alone and there was no sign of a robbery, police said.

Chaldean Catholics are an ancient Eastern rite now united with Roman Catholicism. Adherents live mainly in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

The mortar attack in southern Baghdad occurred about 9:45 a.m. in Abu Dasheer, a Shiite enclave in the Sunni-dominated Dora neighborhood.

Police said those killed included two children, a woman and a man. It was the second mortar attack on the enclave in three days. Three people were killed on Saturday.

The U.S. military announced on Tuesday that a marine was killed Saturday during combat in the Anbar province west of Baghdad but gave no details.

In politics, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani were planning to introduce legislation to allow former members of Saddam Hussein's ruling Baath party -- including those in the feared security and paramilitary forces -- to resume jobs in the government or receive pensions, Iraqi officials said.