Bomb attacks killed at least eight soldiers in Iraq on Monday hours after gunmen shot dead two Interior Ministry intelligence officers in Baghdad, police and sources in an anti-Islamic State militia said.

Iraq faces a major security challenge from Islamic State, an ultra-hardline Sunni militant group that controls a third of the country and parts of neighboring Syria.

Three roadside bombs hit the army patrol near the city of Haditha in the Sunni heartland Anbar Province, the focus of efforts to slow the advance of Islamic State. At least six soldiers were killed, a source from the militia, known as Sahwa (Awakening), said. […]