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2006-03-12 13:29:38

By Lutfi Abu Oun and Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs exploded in crowded markets in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Sunday, killing 40 people in one of Iraq's bloodiest days for weeks as Washington urged leaders to form a coalition to avert a slide to civil war. Nearly 140 people were wounded in the attacks in Sadr City, slum bastion of a powerful Shi'ite militia. Two car bombs ripped through one market and a third blast, probably also a car bomb, struck another. Mortar...

2006-03-10 10:11:02

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The American ambassador to Iraq pressed the country's divided leaders to end a political deadlock that has stalled the formation of a grand coalition Washington sees as its best hope for a troop withdrawal. As the Shi'ite Alliance said it would not succumb to pressure from Kurds, Sunnis and others to drop its nomination for prime minister, Zalmay Khalilzad called for a special conference, possibly outside Iraq, to break the stalemate. On...

2006-03-09 10:24:53

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's first parliament since elections in December looked likely to convene on Sunday, but there was no sign of a breakthrough in the political deadlock that is delaying formation of a government of national unity. Sunni, Kurdish and Shi'ite leaders met President Jalal Talabani for talks on Thursday and accepted in principle that parliament should meet a constitutional deadline and convene on March 12. But the Shi'ite Alliance, which has close...

2006-03-09 06:05:49

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed six people and wounded eight on Thursday in Baghdad's western Amriya district, a Sunni insurgent stronghold, police and hospital officials said. Police said the target of the bomb had been an Iraqi army patrol. No soldiers were among the casualties. Sunni insurgents fighting to topple the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government attack Iraqi army and police patrols with roadside bombs on a daily basis. Doctor Adel Abdul-Karim at Baghdad's Yarmouk...

2006-03-09 03:33:19

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed six people and wounded eight on Thursday in Baghdad's western Amriya district, a Sunni insurgent stronghold, police and hospital officials said. Police said the target of the bomb had been an Iraqi army patrol. No soldiers were among the casualties. Sunni insurgents fighting to topple the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government attack Iraqi army and police patrols with roadside bombs on a daily basis. Doctor Adel Abdul-Karim at Baghdad's Yarmouk...

2006-03-09 02:49:51

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed six people and wounded eight in Baghdad's western Amriya district on Thursday, police and hospital officials said. Another police source said two had been killed, one of them a child, and seven wounded. He said the target of the bomb had been an Iraqi army patrol. No soldiers were among the casualties. Sunni insurgents fighting to topple the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government attack Iraqi army and police patrols on a daily basis. On...

2006-03-08 11:54:16

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - When Abu Kathim found a note outside his front door next to a large jar of blood, he knew it was the last day he would spend in his home. "The note said the blood in the jar belonged to the last Shi'ite they had killed and my blood would replace it if I stayed in Taji," said the distressed 37-year-old, referring to a stronghold of Sunni insurgents north of Baghdad. A member of Iraq's majority Shi'ite community, Abu Kathim had lived in Taji...

2006-03-08 12:25:29

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 18 men, bound, blindfolded and strangled, were found in a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad, apparent victims of sectarian turmoil gripping Iraq and threatening the formation of a coalition government. Iraq's Shi'ite interior minister, a hate figure for many Sunnis who accuse him of condoning death squads, escaped an apparent assassination attempt when a roadside bomb blasted his convoy. Minister Bayan Jabor, however, was not in his...

2006-03-08 07:43:04

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 18 men -- bound, blindfolded and strangled -- were found in a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad, apparent victims of the sectarian turmoil gripping Iraq that threatens the formation of a coalition government. Iraq's Shi'ite interior minister, a hate figure for many Sunnis who accuse him of condoning death squads, escaped an apparent assassination attempt on Wednesday after his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb as it left the ministry...

2006-03-08 06:46:44

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 18 men -- bound, blindfolded and strangled -- were found in a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad, apparent victims of the sectarian turmoil gripping Iraq that threatens the formation of a coalition government. Iraq's Shi'ite interior minister, a hate figure for many Sunnis who accuse him of condoning death squads, escaped an apparent assassination attempt on Wednesday after his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb as it left the ministry...