The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday. Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday.


Eleven civilians and a police officer have been killed by a suicide car bomber in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

The blast took place at a police checkpoint in the western city, which is a hotbed of the Sunni insurgency.

Meanwhile Iraq’s prime minister vowed to catch the “cowards” who killed 14 policemen on Friday.

And the US military said it had killed several “key” insurgents north of Baghdad whom it blamed for shooting down a number of US helicopters.

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