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2009-12-04 06:45:00

POMONA, Calif., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Modern Conflict Studies Group (MCSGroup) announces the January 29, 2010 release of the new simulation board game Battle for Baghdad. Battle for Baghdad is a political/military simulation game dealing with the current occupation of the city of Baghdad by US forces. The game models six factions, Sunni, Shi'ite, Iraqi Government, US, NGOs, and Jihadists, each having unique capabilities and goals within the city of Baghdad. The primary focus of the game is...

2009-03-16 12:59:15

Iraqi soccer player Heidar Kazem was shot and killed by a rival fan after scoring a goal in game played south of Baghdad, local reports said. The international soccer news Web site Goal.com cited unspecified local reports indicating Kazem was taken to a hospital after the Sunday incident in Hilla, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, but died en route. The Web site said reports indicated Kazem had just scored a goal for Sinjar against Buhayra when it is believed an angry rival fan took out a gun...

2008-06-18 03:00:31

BAGHDAD - Murtadha Abdul Zahara is in his final year of high school and must take examinations to begin college next year. The problem is he hasn't been to school since March 23; it has been closed because of violence between Shiite Muslim militants and U.S. and Iraqi security forces in the Sadr City neighborhood where he lives. So now he waits. "We didn't finish the textbooks we had," said Mr. Zahara, 19. "All of Sadr City doesn't know what is going to happen with final exams." The...

2006-08-27 03:25:17

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside the offices of the state-run newspaper al-Sabah in Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people, wounding 20 and causing extensive damage to the building, police said. The blast demolished the facade of the newspaper's production department, witnesses said. Two cars were blown through one wall by the force of the huge explosion, which left a score of vehicles crumpled, blackened wrecks. It was the second car bomb attack on the newspaper this...

2006-08-20 05:41:04

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 15 people died and 200 were hurt in Baghdad on Sunday in attacks on pilgrims gathering in their hundreds of thousands for a sacred Shi'ite festival. "Most of the attacks are taking place when pilgrims are crossing the neighboring areas into Kadhimiya," a Health Ministry spokesman said, referring to the northern suburb where a sacred shrine is the focal point of the event. Heavy security was meant to lower the ever-present danger of...

2006-08-20 04:37:35

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Attacks in Baghdad against pilgrims gathering for a major Shi'ite religious event on Sunday killed at least 15 and wounded more than 200, the Iraqi Health Ministry said. "Most of the attacks are taking place when pilgrims are crossing the neighboring areas into Kadhimiya," said spokesman Qasim Yahya Allawi. He was referring to the location of an sacred shrine in north Baghdad where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have gathered.

2006-08-20 02:36:13

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Police arrested three gunmen who fired on pilgrims in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi state television said, as hundreds of thousands massed for a sacred Shi'ite festival in which 1,000 died in a stampede last year. Eyewitnesses said separately the men had fired from a Sunni mosque in west Baghdad. There were no details of casualties.

2006-08-19 01:02:03

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ordered all vehicles off the streets of the capital, fearing a possible attack on thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims gathering in Baghdad on Saturday to mark the death of a revered 8th Century imam. The government on Friday announced a two-day vehicle ban in areas around the imam's shrine in Khadimiya in northern Baghdad, but the prime minister's office and Defense Ministry said on Saturday it was now Baghdad-wide and would last...

2006-08-16 03:50:00

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD -- "Take cover!" yelled Captain Ryan Nystrom as gunshots rang out. The leader of the 14th U.S. Cavalry "Crazy Horse" platoon and his men crouched behind a low wall, trying to figure out where the two "pop pop" sounds had come from. A minute later, they heard the low boom of an explosion somewhere nearby. They were hunting two cars that residents of the southern Baghdad district of al-Hadar had told them were responsible for a series of fatal drive-by shootings in the...

2006-08-01 04:28:25

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kiosk-owner Abu Fadhil surveyed charred bodies after the second major bomb attack on his street in five days and came to the conclusion that he could never leave his life in the hands of Iraqi security forces. "We should carry guns to protect ourselves. If we expect Iraqi security forces to protect us we will burn just like those innocent people," he said after a suicide bomber killed at least 10 people. The attack was in the same spot where a...