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2006-07-08 14:14:21

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran, accused by the United States of stirring up an Iraqi insurgency, said on Saturday "terrorist" groups should be stopped from entering Iraq because they created an excuse for foreign troops to stay. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said in a speech to a meeting of ministers from Baghdad's neighbors that surrounding states were committed to ensuring stability in Iraq. "It is necessary to stop the crossing of terrorist groups into Iraq...

2006-07-04 12:46:18

By Aseel Kami and Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen pulled the deputy electricity minister from his car in a busy Baghdad street on Tuesday, briefly kidnapping him and 19 bodyguards in an attack that underlined the vulnerability of Iraq's new government. Raad al-Harith was released with seven of his bodyguards 12 hours after he was abducted by men wearing camouflage uniforms, who stopped his convoy in eastern Baghdad, Interior Ministry sources said. No more details were...

2006-07-04 10:53:23

By Aseel Kami and Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen pulled the deputy electricity minister from his car in a busy Baghdad street on Tuesday, kidnapping him and 19 bodyguards in an attack that underlined the vulnerability of Iraq's new government. The abduction, the second of a politician in three days, is a blow to attempts by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's new national unity government to show Iraqis that it is coming to grips with the relentless insurgent and...

2006-07-01 10:33:07

By Ali Jasim and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a market in a poor Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 62 people and wounding 114 in the bloodiest attack in Iraq for three months, police and Interior Ministry sources said. It came a day after Osama bin Laden urged al Qaeda followers to avenge the killing of their leader in Iraq and hours before new Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Saudi Arabia on a mission to...

2006-07-01 05:12:19

By Ali Jasim and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a market in a poor Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 62 people and wounding 114 in the bloodiest attack in Iraq for three months, police and Interior Ministry sources said. It came a day after Osama bin Laden urged al Qaeda followers to avenge the killing by U.S. troops of their leader in Iraq. Around the same time as the bombing, a Sunni Arab member of parliament and seven of her guards...

2006-07-01 04:18:48

By Ali Jasim and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a market in a poor Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 60 people and wounding 80 in the bloodiest attack in Iraq for three months, police and Interior Ministry sources said. Around the same time, a Sunni Arab member of parliament and seven of her guards were abducted in the city, colleagues said. Police said the market bomb went off in mid-morning as a police patrol was passing a parked car...

2006-07-01 03:15:32

By Ali Jasim BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a crowded market in a poor Shi'ite district of eastern Baghdad on Saturday, killing 35 people and wounding 48 in the bloodiest attack in the capital for weeks. A Sunni Arab member of parliament and seven of her bodyguards were abducted by gunmen in the northeast of the capital, colleagues said. Police said the market bomb went off as a police patrol was passing a parked car in the Sadr City district, a stronghold of the Mehdi...

2006-06-30 09:15:10

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - The governor of the Iraqi province where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed this month called in the army after clashes between Sunni and Shi'ite fighters north of Baghdad on Friday, police and his office said. But Defense Ministry spokesman denied receiving a request to dispatch army units to Muqdadiya in Diyala province, an ethnically mixed area where sectarian violence has deepened in recent weeks. The U.S. military said U.S.-led forces killed three...

2006-06-24 17:06:52

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was expected to present a national reconciliation plan on Sunday to curb Iraq's sectarian killing and the Sunni insurgency that has crippled the country's post-war reconstruction. Maliki, a Shi'ite Islamist, has vowed to crush the Sunni insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and to reconcile Shi'ites with the once-dominant Sunni Muslim minority. Their mutual distrust has deepened amid sectarian...

2006-06-24 04:37:46

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is expected to present a national reconciliation plan to parliament on Sunday aimed at defusing the Sunni insurgency and tackling sectarian violence, political sources said. The 28-point plan could be Maliki's boldest political move since he took office on May 20, and part of an urgent effort to avert a slide toward civil war. Political sources said a key element of the plan would be to draw rebel groups...


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