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2008-10-15 13:00:00

Coalition forces killed al-Qaida in Iraq's second-in-command during an operation earlier in October in Mosul, the U.S. military command announced Wednesday. Abu Qaswarah, known as Abu Sara, who was killed during an Oct. 5 operation after coalition forces tracked him to a building in the northern Iraq city, CNN reported. Qaswarah was second to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military said. He also had "historic ties" to Abu Musav al-Zarqari, who preceded al-Masri, as well...

2008-10-05 12:00:08

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Two U.S. helicopters collided while landing at a base in Baghdad on Saturday, killing one Iraqi soldier and wounding four people, including two Americans, the military said. It was the second helicopter crash in two weeks. The U.S. military said hostile fire did not appear to be the cause. Also Saturday, the military said it killed an al-Qaida leader in Iraq suspected of masterminding one of the deadliest attacks in Baghdad, several other recent...

2008-10-01 09:00:12

By KIM GAMEL By Kim Gamel The Associated Press BAGHDAD The number of Iraqi security forces killed in September rose by nearly a third to 159 compared with the same period last year, Associated Press figures showed Tuesday. U.S. troop deaths for the same period fell by nearly 40 percent to 25. The figures are a sign that U.S. military is increasingly relying on the Iraqis, including U.S.-allied Sunni fighters, to take the lead in operations so they can assume responsibility for...

2008-09-02 09:00:11

By Dexter Filkins Two years ago, Anbar Province was the most lethal place for American forces in Iraq. A U.S. marine or soldier died in the province nearly every day, and the provincial capital, Ramadi, was a moonscape of rubble and ruins. Islamic extremists controlled large pieces of territory, with some so ferocious in their views that they did not even allow the baking of bread. On Monday, U.S. commanders formally returned responsibility for keeping order in Anbar Province, once the...

2008-09-01 09:00:02

By Chelsea J. Carter Associated Press SAN DIEGO -- The drawdown of Marines from the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar will take time because there is still much work to be done, a top U.S. commander said Sunday on the eve of the once violent province's transfer to Iraqi security control. Today's handover of Anbar, scene of some of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war, marks a major milestone in America's strategy of turning security responsibility over to the Iraqis so that U.S....

2008-08-13 18:00:16

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A female suicide bomber blasted an Iraqi convoy north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two people but narrowly missing a provincial governor in the second suicide attack by a woman in Diyala province in as many days. Gov. Raad Rashid al-Tamimi ordered an indefinite curfew in Diyala's provincial capital of Baqouba, where the attack occurred. It happened a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government announced a weeklong suspension of...

2008-08-11 09:00:26

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Iraq's foreign minister insisted Sunday that any security deal with the United States must contain a "very clear timeline" for the departure of U.S. troops. A suicide bomber struck north of Baghdad, killing at least five people including an American soldier. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters that American and Iraqi negotiators were "very close" to reaching a long-term security agreement that will set the rules for U.S. troops in...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Despite intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi leaders failed Sunday to resolve differences over how to govern the oil- rich city of Kirkuk - a dispute that is blocking provincial elections and stoking tension in the volatile north.Also Sunday, a truck bomb exploded in a Sunni area of northern Baghdad, killing 12 people, wounding 23 and raising concern about a revival of sectarian conflict.Parliament had called a special session Sunday to try to reach agreement...

2008-08-04 21:00:09

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida confirmed Sunday the death of a top commander accused of training the suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the USS Cole eight years ago. Abu Khabab al-Masri, who had a $5 million bounty on his head from the United States, is believed to have been killed in an airstrike apparently launched by the U.S. in Pakistan last week. An al-Qaida statement posted on the Internet said al-Masri and three other top figures were killed and warned of vengeance for...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.