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2008-08-05 09:00:19

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad on Monday, the first deadly attack against American troops in the capital in nearly a month. At least nine Iraqis also were killed in explosions elsewhere in the Baghdad area, Iraqi officials said, in a grim reminder of the dangers that continue to face security forces and civilians despite significant security gains over the past year. The U.S. military said...

2008-08-04 21:00:09

CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida confirmed Sunday the death of a top commander accused of training the suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the USS Cole eight years ago. Abu Khabab al-Masri, who had a $5 million bounty on his head from the United States, is believed to have been killed in an airstrike apparently launched by the U.S. in Pakistan last week. An al-Qaida statement posted on the Internet said al-Masri and three other top figures were killed and warned of vengeance for...

2008-08-04 00:00:07

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - More than 1,000 Sunni Arabs and Turkomen rallied Saturday against Kurdish demands to incorporate the oil-rich area around Kirkuk into their autonomous region, on the eve of a special session of parliament aimed at defusing the crisis.The dispute over Kirkuk and its vast oil wealth has blocked passage of legislation providing for provincial elections this year, a major U.S. goal aimed at reconciling Iraq's rival ethnic and religious...

2008-08-03 18:00:06

BAGHDAD _ Despite intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi legislators Sunday failed to reach an agreement to solve an increasingly bitter dispute over the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk. Kirkuk sits on Iraq's northern oil fields and also on a fault line between the Sunni Muslim Kurds who dominate most of northern Iraq and the Sunni Arabs who occupy the center of the country. Saddam Hussein forced thousands of Kurds out of the city to make way for more Arabs, but since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of...

2008-08-03 12:00:02

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- More than 1,000 Sunni Arabs and Turkomen rallied Saturday against Kurdish demands to incorporate the oil-rich area around Kirkuk into their autonomous region on the eve of a special session of parliament aimed at defusing the crisis. The dispute over Kirkuk and its vast oil wealth has blocked passage of legislation providing for provincial elections this year, a major U.S. goal aimed at reconciling Iraq's rival ethnic and religious...

2008-08-03 03:00:08

Within its evening newscasts on 2 August, Al-Sharqiyah Television highlighted the ongoing talks among various Iraqi parliamentary blocs on the disputed paragraphs of the Provincial Council Election Law in anticipation of the 3 August parliamentary session. Another development highlighted was President Talabani's departure to the United States for medical tests after he reportedly "fainted" after a meeting of the two Kurdish parties on Saturday morning. In the 1300 gmt newscast:...

2008-08-01 09:00:20

Three Iraqi soldiers on patrol were killed and another was injured Friday in a bomb blast southwest of Kirkuk. A Kirkuk police source told KUNA that the incident occurred in the Al-Rashad area. Iraqi police also reported finding the bodies of a man and woman west of Kirkuk.

2008-07-29 18:00:22

By Kim Gamel BAGHDAD - Suicide bombers, including at least three women, struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and Kurdish protesters in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 57 people - a brutal reminder that mass gatherings remain vulnerable despite vast gains in security. The attacks came even though the U.S. has boosted efforts to recruit and train women for Iraq's police force and enlist them to join Sunnis fighting al-Qaida. Insurgents increasingly use female bombers...

2008-07-29 09:00:15

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Suicide bombers, including at least three women, struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and Kurdish protesters in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 57 people -- a brutal reminder that mass gatherings remain vulnerable despite vast improvements in security. The attacks came even though the U.S. has stepped up efforts to recruit and train women for Iraq's police force and enlist them to join Sunnis fighting al-Qaida. Insurgents...

2008-07-28 12:00:03

BAGHDAD _ Four explosions struck Monday morning in Baghdad and the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, including three by female suicide bombers. At least 46 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded, security officials said. In Baghdad, as hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims walked toward the Kadhemiyah shrine a day before one of the holiest Shiite festivals, a series of what appeared to be coordinated attacks began at 7:15 with a homemade bomb that blasted nails and screws...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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