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2008-07-05 09:00:10

The Associated Press BAGHDAD Gunmen on a motorcycle assassinated an official of Iraq's biggest Shiite party Friday in the southern city of Basra, police said. Sheik Salim al-Dirraji was gunned down in the Hayania district, which had been a stronghold of the Mahdi Army of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr until a security crackdown last spring. Al-Dirraji was a local official of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the leading rival of al-Sadr's party within the Shiite community....

2008-06-30 09:02:25

By From news reports A truck bomb detonated Sunday by remote control north of Baghdad killed six police officers and a member of a local group of Sunni volunteers who have turned against the insurgents, the police said. The truck was parked on a road in Duluiya, 75 kilometers, or 45 miles, north of Baghdad, and exploded as the police began to search it, Mohammed Khalid, said a senior police official. In other violence, the head of the intelligence services in Basra was killed Saturday...

2008-06-25 09:00:42

By HANNAH ALLAM By Hannah Allam McClatchy News Service BAGHDAD A bomb hidden in a meeting room killed two U.S. soldiers and two American government employees Tuesday at a local council office in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, according to the U.S. military. U.S. authorities said an Italian working for the Defense Department also was killed in the blast. Iraqi authorities said six Iraqis also died, bringing the total death toll to at least 11. An American soldier and 10 Iraqis...

2008-06-25 06:02:24

By Alissa J. Rubin An explosion apparently caused by a bomb in a district council building in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad killed two American soldiers, at least six Iraqis and two civilians working for the U.S. military on Tuesday, the American command said. Iraqi council members who were at the scene of the attack described the civilians as American. The U.S. military said a suspect in the apparent bombing had been detained. Sadr City is the most populous Shiite district...

2008-06-24 18:01:54

BAGHDAD _ A bomb hidden in a meeting room killed two U.S. soldiers and two American government employees Tuesday at a local council office in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, according to the U.S. military. An Italian working for the Defense Department and six Iraqis also died in the blast, bringing the total death toll to at least 11, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said. An American soldier and 10 Iraqis were wounded, including three Iraqi council members. The blast ripped through the...

2008-06-24 09:00:05

U.S. officials said two U.S. soldiers and a pair of embassy employees were among six people killed Tuesday from a bomb blast in Baghdad's Sadr City area. Another coalition soldier and three members of a local district council were injured in the explosion that targeted a municipal building in the Sadr City slum. Officials said a suspect in the blast was apprehended fleeing the scene, CNN reported. Sadr City is a stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and the scene of some of...

2008-06-19 18:00:09

BAGHDAD _ Iraqi security forces met little resistance Thursday on Day 1 of the government's crackdown in the southern city of Amarah as they sought to disarm gunmen loyal to the militant Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Iraqi defense officials said there were no casualties or gun battles as military and national police units easily spread through northern Amarah, a mostly Shiite oil and agricultural city that borders Iran and for decades has served as a smuggling hub. The Iraqi...

2008-06-18 09:00:03

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial street in a Shiite area of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 51 people and wounding scores more in the deadliest blast in the capital in more than three months. Many victims were trapped in their apartments by a raging fire that engulfed at least one building, according to police and Interior Ministry officials, who also said about 75 people were wounded. Stunned survivors...

2008-04-25 18:15:00

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for an end to Iraqi bloodshed on Friday and said his threat of an "open war" applies only to U.S.-led foreign troops - stepping back from a full-blown confrontation with the government over a crackdown against his followers. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, took a hard line against al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia and other illegally armed groups, setting conditions for stopping military operations against them that included surrendering...

2006-09-04 08:32:00

BASRA (Reuters) - A roadside bomb blasted a British patrol near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Monday, killing two soldiers and seriously wounding a third, a British military spokesman said. The soldiers were attacked as they escorted a reconstruction team near al-Dayr, 15 km north of Basra, Major Charlie Burbridge said. A fourth soldier suffered minor injuries. The explosion blew the soldiers' armored vehicle off the road, ripping the roof apart and crumpling its front,...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'