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2006-08-02 07:15:16

By Omar al-Ibadi and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Shi'ite civilians charged with guarding neighborhoods in Iraq marched through Baghdad on Wednesday in a show of force likely to stir passions in a country ravaged by sectarian violence. Young men in civilian uniforms and headbands, all members of what is known as the popular committees, chanted as a speaker called on them to crush "terrorists" and loyalists of ousted President Saddam Hussein leading a Sunni Arab...

2006-07-27 08:08:15

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb and several mortars ripped on Thursday through a central Baghdad district which had been relatively stable, killing at least 27 people and wounding 101 others, police sources said. The car bomb, in the shopping district of Karrada, heavily damaged a building, raising fears the death toll could rise, said Ministry of Interior sources. The mortars landed nearby. Although there have been bombings in Karrada before, the mostly Shi'ite...

2006-07-27 06:41:07

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb and several mortars ripped through central Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 45 others, police sources said. The car bomb, in the shopping district of Karrada, heavily damaged a building, raising fears the death toll could rise, said Ministry of Interior sources. The mortars landed nearby. Although there have been bombings in Karrada before, the mostly Shi'ite area is one of the few relatively stable...

2006-07-27 03:15:26

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb and several mortars ripped through central Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 45 others, police sources said. The car bomb, in the shopping district of Karrada, heavily damaged a building, raising fears the death toll could rise, said Ministry of Interior sources. The mortars landed nearby. Although there have been bombings in Karrada before, the mostly Shi'ite area is one of the few relatively stable...

2006-07-23 02:27:24

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb killed 36 civilians and wounded 72 in a Shi'ite district of east Baghdad on Sunday, a day after an inaugural meeting to start reconciling Iraq's rival factions produced little tangible result. The bomb, near a police station and open-air market, was in the Sadr City neighborhood, a poor area that is a stronghold of Shi'ite militias. Three weeks ago, a car bomb at a market in the same area killed about 60 people, one of a number of very...

2006-07-22 05:58:37

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders met in a show of sectarian and ethnic solidarity on Saturday before a White House visit by the prime minister, but some were pessimistic about the chances of tackling rising sectarian bloodshed. The biggest party from the Sunni Arab community, which forms the backbone of a raging insurgency against a Shi'ite-led, U.S.-backed government, did not join the talks. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will visit Washington to meet President...

2006-07-20 04:22:03

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in fear of sectarian violence that has worsened since formation of a U.S.-backed national unity government two months ago, official data showed on Thursday. A day after the United States issued a stern warning to both Shi'ite and minority Sunni leaders to match talk with action on reining in "death squads" and "terrorists" from their respective communities, the Migration Ministry said more than...

2006-07-10 07:40:27

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - While condemning in public the sectarian death squads that gunned down 40 people on Sunday in a Sunni part of Baghdad, some Iraqi Shi'ite leaders say in private retaliation for Sunni insurgent bomb attacks is understandable. The bloodiest such violence yet in the capital has rekindled fears of all-out civil war and posed serious questions over Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ability to keep a promise to curb violence by fellow Shi'ites. Shi'ite...

2006-07-09 12:03:00

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite militia gunmen stormed through a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad on Sunday, shooting dozens in the city's bloodiest street killings yet and raising new fears Iraq is on the brink of sectarian civil war. As evening fell two car bombs exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in northeastern Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding 45, police said. Gunfire rattled across two Sunni neighborhoods. Gunmen killed at least 42 people in the western Jihad...

2006-07-09 12:00:00

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite militia gunmen stormed through a Sunni Arab district of Baghdad on Sunday, shooting dozens in the city's bloodiest street killings yet and raising new fears Iraq is on the brink of sectarian civil war. As evening fell two car bombs exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in northeastern Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding 45, police said. Gunfire rattled across two Sunni neighborhoods. Gunmen killed at least 42 people in the western Jihad district, the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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