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2006-08-28 03:02:00

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up outside Iraq's Interior Ministry in Baghdad on Monday, killing 16 people in a bloody challenge to the prime minister's assertions that violence was on the decrease. Police sources put the death toll at 16 with 35 wounded. Interior Ministry sources said at least 10 people were killed and 28 wounded, citing casualties from one hospital. The attack came a day after a spate of car bombings and shootings...

2006-08-28 01:08:38

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Roadside bombs killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq in separate attacks on Sunday. In one attack, four soldiers were killed when a blast hit their vehicle north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Monday. A roadside bomb, one of the most lethal weapons used by Sunni Arab insurgents seeking to topple the Shi'ite-led government backed by Washington, also killed a U.S. soldier in western Baghdad, said the military. The American casualties came on a...

2006-08-27 14:34:44

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A spate of car bombings and shootings across Iraq killed about 60 people on Sunday, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said violence was on the decrease and that the country would never slide into a civil war. A top government official said Maliki planned to reshuffle his coalition cabinet just 100 days after it was formed because he wanted to root out disloyal or poorly performing ministers and rally factions behind his national reconciliation...

2006-08-27 12:26:14

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A spate of car bombings across Iraq killed at least 33 people on Sunday, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki insisted violence was on the decrease and that the country would "never be in a civil war." Car bombs exploded in Baghdad, in a town north of the capital, in the northern city of Kirkuk and in Basra in the Shi'ite south, a day after Maliki again called on ethnically and religiously divided Iraqis to reconcile. "Violence has decreased and our...

2006-08-27 10:33:14

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister plans to reshuffle his cabinet just 100 days after it was formed because of frustrations with some ministers' performance and disloyalty among others, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih told Reuters. In a weekend interview, he said Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki would make the changes soon in an "important signal" of commitment to efficiency in his national unity coalition and to his efforts to rally factions behind a...

2006-08-27 04:10:08

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb blasted a state-run newspaper on Sunday as police reported finding 20 bodies in Baghdad, one day after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki again called on ethnically and religiously divided Iraqis to unite. A bomb on a minibus killed nine people in central Baghdad, sending clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky, while a bomb planted inside a food market in a town north of Baghdad killed at least five and wounded 15, police said. The...

2006-08-25 07:50:10

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. commanders have declared their security crackdown in Baghdad a contest for the future of the entire country but many in the capital have a hard time believing anything can save their city from further bloodshed. General John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said this week Operation Together Forward has brought "great progress," noting an extra 12,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops on the street had eased insurgent and sectarian...

2006-08-22 06:46:55

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may cut its force in Iraq in half by the middle of next year after handing over security responsibility for the south to Iraqis within nine months, a senior British commander said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on condition he not be identified, the commander said Britain would leave "quite a significantly smaller force than we've got now, but probably in the region of 3,000 to 4,000 people based in a single location." Britain handed over...

2006-08-21 13:20:17

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday four militants who were holed up in a building in the Red Sea city of Jeddah surrendered after clashes with security forces. "The four people surrendered to security forces after heavy clashes," an Interior Ministry spokesman told Reuters. "Nobody was hurt," he added. The state-run Al-Ikhbariya television earlier said three of the gunmen had been killed in the clashes. The official Saudi Press Agency said two of the suspects were among...

2006-08-21 01:51:56

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces detained two suspected death squad leaders, one of them accused of torturing victims at a Shi'ite mosque, in a raid in southern Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military said. The two men "exercise control over all death squad cell activity" in three Baghdad neighborhoods, including the notoriously violent Doura district, the military said. "One of these individuals also allegedly controls a Baghdad husseiniya (Shi'ite mosque) where he tortures...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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