A suicide bombing and shelling in Iraq’s Anbar province killed six people as security forces pressed an assault Friday against militants for territory the government lost weeks ago.

As the violence raged, a US defence official said the military is planning to train Iraqi troops in a third country to help counter a resurgence of Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Unrest in Anbar and elsewhere in Iraq has already killed more than 600 people this month, fuelling fears the country is slipping back into all-out sectarian war with little appetite for political compromise ahead of an April general election. […]