A series of attacks, mainly against Iraqi troops, killed 13 people in Baghdad and in the country’s west on Thursday as the government pressed ahead with a draft law meant to establish a community-based national guard force in efforts to mobilize Iraq’s Sunni minority in the battle against the Islamic State group.

In one of Thursday’s attacks, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint near the town of al-Baghdadi, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad, killing five soldiers and wounding 12, police officials said.

In Baghdad, a bomb blast in a commercial street in the western district of Ghazaliyah killed four people and wounded eight, while a bomb near a line of shops killed two people in the city’s northwest, the officials said. […]