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2008-10-10 09:00:22

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victims' allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast. Suspicion also fell on Shiite splinter groups - some with suspected links to Iran, which has sheltered al-Sadr for nearly 18 months. Saleh al-Auqaeili, considered a...

2008-10-10 09:00:22

By Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victim's allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast. Suspicion also fell on Shiite splinter groups -- some with suspected links to Iran, which has sheltered al-Sadr for nearly 18 months. Saleh al-Auqaeili, considered a moderate within al-Sadr's movement, was...

2008-10-10 00:00:13

By Patrick Cockburn A powerful member of the Iraqi parliament that is loyal to the anti-American Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed in a carefully planned assassination in Baghdad yesterday. A bomb hidden in a hole in the road exploded as a convoy carrying Salehal-Auqaeili and other lawmakers went past an Iraqi army checkpoint near Sadr City. It is probable that the killing was carried out by the Badr Organisation, the armed wing of the other large Shia party, the Iraqi Supreme...

2008-09-06 00:00:01

By Patrick Cockburn THE UNITED States has spied extensively on Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and other Iraqi government leaders, the American investigative journalist Bob Woodward has revealed. "We know everything he says," the journalist quotes one source as saying, in his fourth book on George Bush's presidency. The US administration's decision to spy continually on Mr Maliki - a close US ally- shows deep distrust of the Iraqi leadership by the US. The surveillance took place...

2008-09-05 21:00:02

A newspaper article about Bob Woodward's new book on U.S. President George W. Bush that cites spying on Iraqi leaders was "incomplete," the White House said. "While the book itself is not yet public, the picture of Iraq policy that is presented in the Washington Post article is at least incomplete," National Security Adviser Steve Hadley said in a statement issued by the White House Friday. The book, "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008," due out Monday, offers a new...

2008-08-29 12:00:41

Aides to a pivotal Shiite official in Iraqi politics say he has been arrested in Baghdad by U.S. forces for alleged connections to extremist Muslim militia. Ali Lami, who led the purge of Saddam Hussein loyalists from government posts, was arrested by U.S. forces when he arrived in Baghdad Wednesday from a trip to Lebanon, said Iyad Kadhim Sabti, an aide to Lami. Lami is alleged to have helped violent Shiite Muslim militia obtain training and money from within Iran, the Los Angeles Times...

2008-08-29 09:00:25

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A senior official in Nouri al-Maliki's government was in custody Thursday suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said. The arrest of Ali al-Lami -- taken Wednesday as he left a plane arriving from Lebanon -- reinforced suspicions about Tehran's influence within the Shiite-led Iraqi government and could open wider probes into Shiite...

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2008-08-26 06:00:00

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that all foreign troops must leave Iraq by the end of 2011. It was the Iraqi leader's toughest public statement since the U.S. and Iraq began negotiations over a security agreement last March. Iraqi government officials had previously said that, although Iraq wanted U.S. combat troops out by the end of 2011, the deadline was subject to change based on conditions on the ground. Additionally, they had said, U.S. forces training Iraqi...

2008-08-23 00:00:14

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq and the U.S. pushed close to a deal Thursday setting a course for American combat troops to pull out of major Iraqi cities by next June, with a broader withdrawal from the long and costly war by 2011.Subject to final approval by the top Iraqi leadership, the exit date for U.S. troops would be December 2011, although the Americans insist on linking that target to additional security and political progress.President Bush has long resisted a...

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2008-08-08 09:00:00

BAGHDAD -- Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the last soldiers out three years after that, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. U.S. officials, however, insisted no dates had been agreed upon. The proposed agreement calls for Americans to hand over parts of Baghdad's Green Zone -- where the U.S. Embassy is located -- to the Iraqis by the end of 2008. It would also remove U.S. forces from Iraqi cities...


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