Ramadan Unease: US Fears Iraq Attack Wave

Attacks, particularly on Iraqi police, have spiked recently. Iraqi officials have reported between 300 and 500 Iraqis killed in attacks in July. US military officials, who do not normally release casualty figures have disputed the figures, saying fewer than 200 died in enemy attacks, but could not explain the discrepancy.

U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Steve Lanza said over the weekend that al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent groups appeared to be trying to regain footholds in Anbar Province and Baghdad after their networks have been significantly weakened by U.S. and Iraqi operations against them.

In Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, six people were killed in a suicide car bomb at a gas station on Sunday.

On Monday in Baghdad, two traffic police and a civilian were killed in a bombing near police headquarters in Ghazaliya, in West Baghdad. Overall almost 30 traffic and city police are believed to have been killed in the past month.

Mohammad Dulaimy contributed reporting.

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