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2006-01-29 10:14:46

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Two car bombs targeting churches in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least four people on Sunday, a police official said. Colonel Burham Taher said the blasts at two churches also wounded nine people. In August, a wave of bomb attacks at churches killed 11 people. Iraq's Christian community, which makes up about 3 percent of the population, has become increasingly nervous over violence and Islamic militant attacks on Christian-owned liquor shops.

2006-01-13 10:18:20

By Nabeel Norddin MOSUL (Reuters) - Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Friday, witnesses and U.S. officials said. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. Witnesses reported seeing gunmen armed with heavy machineguns open fire on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, a two-seat, single-engine helicopter, in al-Sukar district north of Mosul, about 240 miles north of Baghdad. "The indicators are that it was due to hostile...

2006-01-13 09:46:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter was shot down on Friday by insurgents near the city of Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, a senior U.S. command official said. Army Lt. Gen. John Vines, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon from Baghdad: "The indicators are that it was due to hostile fire." A defense official said it was an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, a two-seat, single-engine helicopter. Officials did not offer details on any casualties.

2006-01-13 08:50:36

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. army helicopter crashed near the city of Mosul, north of Baghdad, on Friday after coming under fire from insurgents on the ground, witnesses said. The witnesses in al-Sukar district north of Mosul told Reuters they saw gunmen fire on the helicopter, causing it to crash. It was not immediately clear whether the crew survived the crash. U.S. forces had sealed off the site, the witnesses said. The U.S. military said it was checking the report. It was the...

2006-01-01 12:06:34

By Chalak Abdullah RAHINAWA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security forces in Iraq shot dead four people protesting against a recent hike in fuel prices on Sunday, police said, after rioters set cars and petrol stations on fire near the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Iraq, which has the world's third biggest oil reserves, is grappling with its latest fuel crisis and price rises imposed by a deal with the International Monetary Fund; longer than usual queues have built up at petrol stations and many...

2005-12-25 09:00:42

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs struck Iraqi police and army patrols and destroyed an American tank in Baghdad on Sunday as fresh street protests over election results kept up tension that has soured the mood after a peaceful ballot 10 days ago. In the violent northern city of Mosul, the killing of a Sunni Arab student leader abducted after heading a demonstration against the election results prompted accusations by mourners at his funeral against militias loyal to...

2005-10-06 06:55:10

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead five Iraqi Oil Ministry security guards who were driving to the northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday, police said. Lieutenant Jawaad Abdullah said they were shot in the town of Uthaim south of Kirkuk. The attack came a day after a car bomb critically wounded six security guards for the state-owned North Oil Company in Kirkuk, an oil center. In Baghdad, a suicide bomber in a car killed 10 people and wounded eight others when he blew himself up...

2005-09-10 14:20:34

By Nameer Nouredeen TAL AFAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's government said it launched thousands of troops against rebels in the city of Tal Afar on Saturday and ordered the nearby border with Syria closed to stem what Baghdad calls an influx of foreign fighters. Keen to show off the muscle of their U.S.-trained forces, ministers said other towns were in the line of fire and state television ran repetitive footage from recent days in Tal Afar of Iraqi soldiers hunting and detaining men...

2005-09-10 02:55:24

By Maher al-Thanoon MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. forces have launched an attack on the northern city of Tal Afar to rid it of suspected terrorists, Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said on Saturday. "At 2 a.m. today, acting on my orders, Iraqi forces commenced an operation to remove all remaining terrorist elements from the city of Tal Afar. These forces are operating with support from the Multi-National Force," he said in a statement. Jaafari said the troops were...

2005-08-26 04:11:46

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents sabotaged an exporting oil well in Iraq on Friday, stepping up pressure on the U.S.-backed government struggling to steer Iraq through a political crisis over a draft constitution. In an all too familiar scene in a country with the world's third largest oil reserves, flames threatened to halt output from the well, which pumps 7,000 to 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) and feeds a pipeline to Turkey. An Iraqi oil official said firefighters...

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