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2006-08-03 10:01:43

By Kristin Roberts and Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on Thursday against pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq prematurely, saying it would be seen as a victory by extremists who want to control a region extending beyond the Middle East. "If we left Iraq prematurely as the terrorists demand, the enemy would tell us to leave Afghanistan and then withdraw from the Middle East," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing. "And if we...

2006-08-02 09:51:07

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Almost a quarter of Iraq's national police are led by men suspected of crimes or sectarian violence and should be replaced, a senior coalition official said on Wednesday. "There are 26 battalions. Maybe five or six have leaders who have led them in a way that was either criminal, or sectarian, or both," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters at a briefing in Baghdad. President George W. Bush has ordered more U.S. troops to Baghdad to...

2006-07-31 17:42:16

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trying to patch over their differences before November elections, top congressional Democrats urged President George W. Bush on Monday to start pulling U.S. troops from Iraq this year but did not specify a time frame for completing the withdrawal. Democrats, who have split over whether to demand a deadline for troop withdrawal, were seeking to present a united front on the war that has eroded Bush's popularity and may hurt Republicans in...

2006-07-28 06:21:47

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Shi'ites from all over the world aspire to be buried in Najaf's sacred Valley of Peace cemetery, but the dozens of Iraqi corpses brought there every Friday bear witness only to the carnage sweeping the country. Baghdad morgues fill up so quickly that victims of Iraq's sectarian violence cannot be kept for long and unidentified corpses must be moved elsewhere. Every Friday, volunteers transport them to Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of...

2006-07-26 15:10:28

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military, faced with unrelenting violence in Baghdad, may boost its force in Iraq by delaying the scheduled departure of some troops involved in routine rotations, officials said on Wednesday. As has been done periodically during the 3-year-old war, the military would temporarily increase the size of the U.S. force by extending the overlap between newly arriving units and those leaving. One defense official, speaking on condition of...

2006-07-23 01:32:12

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military has cleared a soldier of unlawfully killing an Iraqi civilian after investigators concluded Specialist Nathan Lynn had reason to believe the man was carrying a gun when he opened fire. Charges were brought against Lynn last month at a time when several murder investigations into U.S. troops in Iraq have prompted questions about their behavior and complaints from the new Iraqi government about a culture of impunity among...

2006-07-20 02:35:30

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Raging sectarian violence has forced a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their homes this month, the government said on Thursday. Ministry of Displaced and Migration spokesman Sattar Nowruz said there was a "dangerous" rise of about 32,000 internal refugees over the past three weeks to a total of about 162,000 in five months. A day earlier the United States and United Nations sounded alarm bells over a slide to sectarian civil war. "These families...

2006-07-18 01:50:21

By Khaled Farhan KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb hit a group of laborers after they boarded a minibus in a market in a Shi'ite city in Iraq on Tuesday, killing 59 people and sparking clashes between protesters and police, witnesses and officials said. The blast, some 50-100 meters from a Shi'ite shrine in the southern city of Kufa, tore through the minibus after it had pulled out of the crowded market. Hospital and security sources said 132 people were wounded in the blast, which...

2006-07-18 00:10:40

KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb hit a group of laborers near a Shi'ite mosque in the southern Iraqi city of Kufa on Tuesday, killing 15 and wounding 21, police said. Hospital sources said they had received 17 bodies after the blast hit a crowded market 50-100 meters from the mosque in Kufa, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad. Policemen who arrived in the scene were pelted with rocks by angry supporters of a radical Shi'ite cleric who has many followers in Kufa, near the holy...

2006-07-17 08:36:41

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed over 50 people in an attack around a crowded market in a violent town near Baghdad on Monday, one of the bloodiest incidents in Iraq this year. Local officials and residents in Mahmudiya, as well as the U.S. military whose troops were later on the scene, said a large number of gunmen stormed the market in the religiously mixed town after a barrage of mortars and grenades. It was a rare form of attack against civilians. Car...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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