A pair of Islamic State suicide bombings around Baghdad have left at least 27 people dead. The blasts came as US-backed Iraqi forces press ahead with an assault on the IS stronghold of Fallujah.
At least 15 civilians were killed in the commercial section of the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of al-Jadida in eastern Baghdad. Twelve more - seven civilians and five troops - were killed at an army checkpoint 12 miles (20 km) north of the city, in Taji, according to police and medical workers.
"Islamic State" (IS), the Sunni denominated militants, claimed responsibility for both bombings, saying the Baghdad attack targeted Shiite militia members while the Taji bombing targeted the Iraqi arm.
The veracity of the claims could not immediately be confirmed, but they appeared on a website often used by militants.
The Sunni militant group often targets Iraq's Shiite majority, as well as security forces and government officials.