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2006-09-04 07:29:44

LONDON (Reuters) - Two British soldiers were killed on Monday and two more injured when their patrol came under attack near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the Ministry of Defense said. "Two British soldiers have died as a result of an attack on a British patrol," a spokeswoman said. She said the patrol was hit by a roadside bomb and small arms fire near the town of Ad Dayr, north of Basra. "One other British soldier was seriously injured, and a further one suffered minor...

2006-09-01 07:18:44

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shopkeepers and homeowners in Baghdad cleared rubble and looked for bodies on Friday, a day after a series of explosions killed nearly 70 people and devastated homes and a bazaar just before nightfall. Four times as many were wounded in blasts that police blamed on a spray of rockets across mainly Shi'ite east Baghdad, but which army generals said were caused by large bombs planted in buildings. The attack may have involved a combination of...

2006-08-31 14:29:10

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rockets slammed into homes in Baghdad just before nightfall on Thursday, killing 50 people and wounding 200, a senior Interior Ministry official said. The barrage of seven rockets was spread over neighborhoods in the mainly Shi'ite east of the city. They struck as families gathered for the start of the weekend and as President George W. Bush launched a pre-election round of speeches to urge Americans to maintain their military presence...

2006-08-31 12:40:36

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rockets slammed into homes in Baghdad just before nightfall on Thursday, killing up to 46 people and wounding well over 100, police sources said, adding that the toll could rise as bodies were pulled from the rubble. The barrage of seven rockets, spread out across various neighborhoods in the mainly Shi'ite east of the capital, struck as families gathered at evening for the start of the weekend. "Buildings have been flattened," one police...

2006-08-31 11:46:41

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday his forces should control most of Iraq by December, as President George W. Bush began a round of pre-election speeches urging Americans to back U.S. military engagement there. A rocket salvo killed 22 people and wounded 70 across east Baghdad, slamming into homes as families gathered for the evening, and four police commandos died in a bomb attack, in the latest bloody day in the capital despite a...

2006-08-30 10:21:24

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The top American general in Iraq said on Wednesday he foresaw Iraqi forces assuming control of the country's security within 12 to 18 months with "very little" support from U.S.-led forces. General George Casey denied suggestions that a fierce battle between militiamen and the Iraqi army in the town of Diwaniya south of Baghdad on Monday, in which 20 soldiers were killed, was a setback in U.S. efforts to strengthen the new military. "The Iraqi armed forces...

2006-08-28 12:03:57

By Imad al-Khozaie DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 20 Iraqi soldiers were killed in street fighting with Shi'ite militiamen in the town of Diwaniya on Monday, some of the bloodiest clashes yet among rival factions in Shi'ite Muslim southern Iraq. Further underlining the deadly challenges facing the 100-day-old national unity government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a suicide car bomber in Baghdad killed 13 policemen and wounded 62 other people outside the Interior Ministry....

2006-08-28 11:19:11

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Baghdad has dropped by nearly half since July, after U.S.-led forces launched an operation to pacify the capital, a U.S. general said on Monday, while acknowledging a spike in bombings in the past 48 hours. U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell also said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would assume operational control of Iraq's armed forces next month in what he called a significant step toward Iraq taking responsibility...

2006-08-28 09:38:34

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Baghdad has dropped by nearly half since July, when U.S.-led forces launched an operation to pacify the capital, a U.S. general said on Monday, while acknowledging a spike in bombings in the past 48 hours. U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell also said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would assume operational control of Iraq's armed forces by next month in what he called a significant step toward Iraq taking responsibility...

2006-08-28 05:55:17

By Imad al-Khozaie DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Fierce street fighting between Iraqi troops and militiamen loyal to a populist Shi'ite cleric killed 25 soldiers on Monday, military and hospital sources said. U.S. aircraft circled over Diwaniya, south of Baghdad, as clashes in which nine civilians were also reported killed continued between troops and Mehdi Army fighters who support the nominally pro-government cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, witnesses said. In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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