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At least 51 Iraqis were killed in a wave of attacks throughout Iraq. One of the attacks was a suicide bombing in Baghdad. More than 1,000 Kurdish soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 16th Brigade defected to the Peshmerga after refusing to defend the Sunni Arab town of Sulaiman Bek.




The emir of the Islamic State of Iraq rejected Ayman al Zawahiri's order to allow the Al Nusrah Front to remain its own group. Insurgents killed three soldiers in Al Qaim. Security forces captured six al Qaeda fighters near Tikrit.




Security forces killed three al Qaeda in Iraq fighters in an operation in Abu Saida near Baqubah. Al Qaeda is suspected of executing a candidate for office in Ninewa; the gunmen used a silenced weapon.




A military intelligence unit captured two al Qaeda in Iraq leaders during a raid in Al Riyadh south of Kirkuk. Security forces also broke up a plot to bomb three oil wells in northern Kirkuk; three IEDs planted on the wells were dismantled.




Insurgents killed more than 70 Iraqis in a series of attacks, which included suicide bombings, in Iraq. Among those killed was Sheikh Abdul Rahman Rashid al Issawi, the leader of the Awakening in Fallujah. Security forces arrested an al Qaeda leader in the Thar Thar area south of Samarra.




Analysis: Zawahiri's letter to al Qaeda branches in Syria, Iraq

Al Jazeera has published a letter purportedly written by Ayman al Zawahiri to al Qaeda's franchises in Iraq and Syria. Two US intelligence officials say the letter is genuine. In the letter, Zawahiri rules on a dispute between the two al Qaeda branches and appoints a new representative in the region.


Syrian war enters new phase but no end in sight




How Syria conflict affects its neighbours




Insurgents killed three Iraqis in a bombing in Baghdad, and executed an Awakening member who was kidnapped in Kirkuk. Security forces arrested three members of a gang linked to al Qaeda in Baghdad. The Awakening issued a fatwa against Iraqis fighting in Syria.




Hezbollah fighter tells of Syria battle




A suicide bomber killed five Iranian pilgrims in Baquba. An Iraqi soldier was killed in an IED attack in Mosul. The leaders of 26 tribes in Anbar and Ninewa provinces denounced al Qaeda, and said its tribal militias would assist security forces in tracking terrorists.




UN launches record £3.3-billion Syria aid appeal - more than twice amount sought for Iraq




A suicide bomber killed seven policemen in Taji; seven Iraqi civilians were killed in other bombings in Iraq. Three more policemen were killed in an IED attack in Fallujah. Security forces arrested two al Qaeda supsects in Salman Pak.




Insurgents killed three Awakening members in an IED attack in Madeen. Security forces arrested seven "terrorists" in Maysan, an al Qaeda commander and two fighters in Fallujah, and another al Qaeda fighter in Al Zubair.




Al Qaeda killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded three more in an IED attack in Husaybah on the Syrian border. Security forces detained 12 al Qaeda members and freed a hostage during a raid on a hideout in Hawijah.




Over 7,000 Syrian refugees return from Iraq as security improves




Insurgents killed three Syrian truck drivers and kidnapped four Iraqis in Rutbah near the Syrian border. Al Qaeda killed a senior counterterrorism official in Bayji. Security forces arrested four al Qaeda operatives who were transporting nearly two tons of explosives in Anbar.




Iraq breaks up al Qaeda chemical weapons cell

Iraq-AQ-chemical-agents.jpgThe al Qaeda cell is said to have been plotting to use sarin and mustard gas against a religious procession in Iraq, and was planning to move the chemical weapons to the US, Canada, and Europe.


The Defense Ministry said that it arrested five members of a cell that was manufacturing sarin, mustard gas, and nerve gases. Insurgents killed two soldiers in a bombing in Babil. Iraqi troops arrested al Qaeda's leader for Fallujah.




The UN's special representative to Iraq said that "systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment ...." In May, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in a series of attacks against both Sunnis and Shiites throughout the country. The month of April was the deadliest in Iraq in over five years, with more than 700 killed.