Dozens die in wave of ISIS bombings across Iraq

Smoke rises from the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Ahmad Mousa/Reuters

The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five fighters major attack in Iraq’s Kirkuk province today, while bombings elsewhere left a further 27 dead.

The assault on areas south and west of the northern city of Kirkuk began at around midnight, sparking fighting with medium and heavy weapons that was still ongoing this morning.

Brigadier General Shirko Rauf and five other members of the Kurdish peshmerga forces were killed in clashes and 46 more were wounded, a police officer and a doctor said…

…Meanwhile, security sources said at least 18 people were killed when two bombs went off in Baghdad’s Bab al-Sharqi district on Friday morning, home to a large market and across the Tigris river from the Green Zone, which houses most government buildings…