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2008-10-10 09:00:22

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victims' allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast. Suspicion also fell on Shiite splinter groups - some with suspected links to Iran, which has sheltered al-Sadr for nearly 18 months. Saleh al-Auqaeili, considered a...

2008-10-10 09:00:22

By Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victim's allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast. Suspicion also fell on Shiite splinter groups -- some with suspected links to Iran, which has sheltered al-Sadr for nearly 18 months. Saleh al-Auqaeili, considered a moderate within al-Sadr's movement, was...

2008-10-10 00:00:13

By Patrick Cockburn A powerful member of the Iraqi parliament that is loyal to the anti-American Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed in a carefully planned assassination in Baghdad yesterday. A bomb hidden in a hole in the road exploded as a convoy carrying Salehal-Auqaeili and other lawmakers went past an Iraqi army checkpoint near Sadr City. It is probable that the killing was carried out by the Badr Organisation, the armed wing of the other large Shia party, the Iraqi Supreme...

2008-10-09 00:00:19

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - The Iraqi foreign minister said Tuesday it will require "bold political decisions" to resolve the major issue standing in the way of a deal allowing American troops to remain here next year - who would try U.S. troops accused of crimes.Neighboring Iran stepped up pressure against the proposed agreement, with President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad telling a visiting Iraqi official that Iraq had "a duty" to resist the Americans and another Iranian leader warning...

2008-08-21 12:00:46

Within its morning newscasts on 21 August, Dubai-based Iraqi private Al-Sharqiyah TV reports on US Secretary of State Rice's visit to Baghdad, her talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and the Rice-Zebari news conference to be held at noon. The channel also reports on the beginning of an Egyptian delegation's visit to Iraq, the shelling of the Green Zone, and other security and political developments. Within its 0600 gmt newscast, the channel carries the following reports: - "An...

2008-08-11 09:00:05

At least 33 people, including eight civilians, died in a coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Monday. The military said in a statement the civilians were being held hostage at a compound where militants had gone after exchanging gunfire with soldiers, reported KUNA, the Kuwaiti news agency. The fighting occurred in the Khas district of Uruzgan province, where militants attacked coalition forces and fled into a building where they held 11 non-combatant...

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2008-07-31 18:00:02

BAGHDAD _ It seemed like another routine trip as the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq boarded his helicopter in Amara, where a battalion of U.S. troops is based. Only two months ago, however, the smuggling hub on the Iranian border was a stronghold of Shiite Muslim militants, a place that no American general without a death wish would visit. The climate has changed, said Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III. President Bush cited the reduced violence, as well as his belief that conditions...

2008-07-22 06:00:22

By Alissa J. Rubin Senator Barack Obama arrived in Iraq on Monday at a base in the southern city of Basra where he and two fellow U.S. senators met with U.S., British and Iraqi officials, according to Captain Chris McNair, a spokesman at the base. The visit to Basra as part of a traveling U.S. delegation was the latest leg of a weeklong overseas trip by Obama, his first as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. It followed a stop in Afghanistan during the weekend. He later...

2008-07-21 12:00:11

By Patrick Cockburn Barack Obama arrives in Iraq just as the political situation there is turning in his favour. The Iraqi government is for the first time asking for a timetable for a military withdrawal of United States forces. This is in keeping with the Democratic presidential nominee's plan for a pull-out of American combat troops over 16 months and makes the strategy of his Republican rival, John McCain, to retain US troops in Iraq until all America's opponents are vanquished, look...

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2008-07-21 06:00:00

By Charles Levinson Can Iraqi troops fight -- and win -- on their own? That question has become even more urgent after President Bush, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki all spoke in recent days about setting either vague or specific time frames for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. Recent evidence suggests that although the Iraqi military has made enormous progress, it is still dependent on small teams of American advisers who can...


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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