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    Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces watch smoke billow during a military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group near Amriyat al-Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad in the Anbar province, on May 5, 2016

    Vehicle Explodes in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Kills Two, Wounds Two More (PHOTO)

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    The US has been boosting its military presence in the Middle East lately amid continuing tensions with Iran. Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to the region, as well as Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers and F-15 fighters.

    According to Reuters, two people were killed and two more wounded when a parked vehicle exploded in Anbar's Qaim district, 300 km west of Baghdad. The vehicle was parked in a car wash, the agency added, citing Qaim Mayor Ahmed Mahallawi.

    The attack is supposed to have been carried out against members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a mostly Shia Muslim state-funded organisation, Reuters says.

    Anbar province was previously the Islamic State's last stronghold in Iraq. At the end of 2017, the country declared victory over the Daesh terror group, and asked the international community to assist in restoring the war-torn areas.

    *Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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