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The Iraqi army has seized caches of weapons belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the western Anbar province, a military official said on Tuesday.
The cache includes 11 rocket heads hidden in al-Amari district in Ramadi, army gen. Hasan al-Baydani said in a statement.
He said that the explosive materials "were planned to be used by terrorist groups in attacking government buildings and bridges".
There was no comment from ISIL.
Anbar province has been shaken by violence after Iraqi police and army personnel dismantled a sit-in staged by anti-government Sunni Muslims.
The military operation prompted 44 lawmakers to resign from parliament in protest.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the army to withdraw from several cities in Anbar province.
Since last December, Iraqi opposition groups have staged sit-ins in several provinces, including Anbar, to denounce perceived anti-Sunni discrimination by the al-Maliki government.
Several army units recently entered Anbar in what Iraqi authorities described as a massive offensive against "terrorists" holed up in the province's desert areas.
Iraqi journalist killed in Anbar
An Iraqi journalist has been killed by army forces in the western province of Anbar, a security source told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
Local reporter Amr al-Duleimi, 23, was caught in clashes between tribesmen and government forces in Ramadi city late Monday, the source said.
Army officials could not be reached for comment.
Baghdad blasts kill 11, injure 24
Eleven Iraqis were killed and 24 others injured in a series of bombings in the capital Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said.
Two car bombs exploded in al-Zaafarana district in eastern Baghdad, killing seven people and injured 15 others, the source said.
Two more people were killed and five wounded when a third booby-trapped car struck al-Sadr district in eastern Baghdad.
An explosive device went off at a passenger truck, killing two people and injured four others.
Recent months have seen an uptick in violence across Iraq.Last Mod: 01 Ocak 2014, 10:20