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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...

2008-07-30 09:00:11

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- U.S.-backed Iraqi troops sealed off Baqouba and staged house-to-house searches Tuesday as they began a new offensive in Diyala province in the latest bid to clear al-Qaida in Iraq from its last major belt near the capital. Iraqi security forces hope to build on recent security successes elsewhere in a new test of the country's readiness to take over its own security and enable American troops to withdraw eventually. The U.S. military said the...

2008-07-30 06:00:25

By Nicholas Spangler and Laith Hammoudi, The Miami Herald Jul. 30--BAGHDAD -- Iraqi infantry, supported by artillery, the Iraqi air force and U.S. forces, on Tuesday began what was described as a major operation in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. Iraqi forces said they had encountered no resistance to the crackdown, which the army had announced six days earlier. Residents of Baqouba, the provincial capital, woke to find new checkpoints in neighborhoods throughout the city, but...

2008-07-29 12:00:15

U.S. and Iraqi forces were on the move Tuesday in Diyala province against al-Qaida in Iraq and local Shiite fighters, Iraqi military officials said. The operation dubbed Omens of Prosperity began with security forces surrounding the provincial capital, Baquba, and then launching a series of raids on specific target, commanders told CNN. Diyala was the scene of a recent wave of suicide bombings aimed at the Iraqi army and at civilian councils that work with the U.S. military. The...

2008-07-16 15:00:19

By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS By Alexandra Zavis Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD One minute, Salam Munim was waiting patiently among a crowd of recruits, eager to join the Iraqi army's next major offensive against Sunni Arab insurgents in his home province of Diyala. Then, he said, he was engulfed in blood, smoke and dust. Using a familiar tactic, two bombers blew themselves up minutes apart Tuesday among recruits at an Iraqi army base in the eastern suburbs of Baqouba, killing at least 28 people...

2008-07-16 09:00:30

By Sebastian Abbot Associated Press BAQOUBA, Iraq -- Scattered sandals and overturned bicycles were all that remained hours after suicide bombers struck the Saad military camp. Medical staff had finished unloading the white body bags at the nearby hospital, where the wounded moaned on bloodstained floors and weeping soldiers kneeled over slain comrades. The twin blasts in Baqouba recalled the scenes of mass terror and grief that were almost a daily routine before last year's steep...

2008-06-24 02:29:27

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A female suicide bomber concealing explosives beneath her black robe struck outside a government complex northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. At least 15 people died and 40 were wounded. It was the 21st suicide mission by a woman in Iraq this year, the U.S. military said. It came as al-Qaida and other Sunni militant s try to regroup from major losses suffered at the hands of U.S. and Iraqi...

2006-08-30 00:55:05

By Habib al-Zubaidi HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - A bomb apparently left on a parked bicycle blasted a crowd of young Iraqi men outside an army recruiting office early on Wednesday, killing 12 people and wounding 38, police said. Hilla provincial police spokesman Captain Muthanna al-Mamuri said the bicycle appeared to have been left early in the morning, laden with an explosive package, close to the office in the center of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. It went off around 8...

2006-08-09 09:37:13

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Almost 2,000 bodies were taken to Baghdad's morgue in July, the highest tally in five months of rising sectarian bloodshed which has forced the United States to boost troop levels in the capital to head off a civil war. Morgue assistant manager Doctor Abdul Razzaq al-Obaidi said on Wednesday that about 90 percent had died violently. "Most of the cases have gunshot wounds to the head. Some of them were strangled and others were beaten to death with...

2006-08-09 06:39:51

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 60 bodies a day were brought to Baghdad's morgue last month, underlining the increase in sectarian bloodshed since an attack in February on a major Shi'ite shrine. Morgue assistant manager, Doctor Abdul Razzaq al-Obaidi, said on Wednesday about 90 percent of the deaths were caused by violence in the capital, where U.S. and Iraqi forces have increased troop numbers. "Most of the cases have gunshot wounds to the head. Some of them were...