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2006-06-19 06:27:59

By Michael Georgy and Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces will take control of the country's southernmost province from a British-led multinational force in July in the first move of its kind, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday. Transferring security to Iraq's fledgling security forces is a key part of London's and Washington's plans to withdraw their 137,000 troops from Iraq, but a Sunni Arab insurgency shows no sign of easing. In Baghdad, Saddam...

2006-06-17 05:36:59

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bomb and mortar attacks killed at least 31 people in and near Baghdad on Saturday in violence that showed no sign of easing despite a security crackdown against al Qaeda in the capital. U.S. forces were searching for two U.S. soldiers who went missing after an attack on Friday in which one American soldier was killed in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Yusufiya in the "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad. "After hearing small arms fire and...

2006-06-06 12:39:06

By Fredrik Dahl and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new prime minister said on Tuesday he would release 2,500 prisoners in an apparent bid to shore up his own authority amid signs of tension in his ruling Shi'ite Alliance. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has pledged to heal sectarian wounds and crush a Sunni Arab insurgency, said the prisoner release would free those who had no clear evidence against them or had been mistakenly detained. Initially, 500 people will be...

2006-05-25 20:07:09

By Alastair Macdonald and Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sometimes it's a word in the ear from a neighbor, maybe a threatening note left by the door, a sinister phone call or just a vague, creeping sense of dread. Then again it can be gunmen taking over the street and slaughtering friends and family before your eyes -- whatever it is that persuades Iraqis to grab their children and flee their homes in the night, they are doing so in growing numbers. In listing "stopping...

2006-05-15 04:05:20

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter during fighting south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing two soldiers, the U.S. military said on Monday. The incident took place near the town of Yusifiya 15 km (9 miles) south of the capital. The area is a stronghold of the Sunni Arab insurgency against U.S.-forces and the Shi'ite-led government they back. "Two soldiers died ... when their helicopter was shot down during fighting in Yusifiya," a U.S. statement said, giving no...

2006-05-02 13:21:44

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Political leaders of Iraq's Sunni minority staked their claim to steering constitutional change through parliament on Tuesday, on the eve of the new assembly's first day of normal business since an election in December. Guerrilla rebels were also in action, targeting the governor of the most predominantly Sunni Arab province with a suicide car bomb. U.S. forces claimed new successes against the insurgency, saying more than 100 militants had...

2006-04-23 13:48:47

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Just hours after Iraq's prime minister-designate promised to unite Iraqis on Saturday, three Shi'ite brothers and two Sunni brothers went out to dinner together. It was an uplifting gathering in a country where sectarian mistrust deepens after every bombing, shooting and kidnapping. But the harsh reality of Iraq caught up with the group of friends just after they paid the check and left the restaurant. Gunmen in cars pulled up and shot them dead...

2006-04-12 08:35:44

By Mariam Karouny and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fresh demands from the Shi'ite Alliance over the creation of an Iraqi government on Wednesday threatened to prolong a political paralysis that Washington says is playing into the hands of insurgents. Acting parliament speaker Adnan Pachachi said Iraqi leaders would discuss a national unity government at the next session on Monday and was optimistic of a breakthrough before then in spite of the Shi'ite Alliance's reluctance to...

2006-04-11 14:06:13

By Aamir Ashraf KARACHI (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber targeting Sunni Muslims killed at least 47 people in the Pakistani city of Karachi and wounded dozens at a prayer meeting marking the anniversary of Prophet Mohammad's birth, police said. "The blast shook the earth. It was like hell," Mohammad Ehtesham, a 70-year-old worshipper in the park where the blast took place, told Reuters. "We were about to finish our prayers when blast went off ... It was so strong," said Ali...

2006-04-11 13:34:10

By Aamir Ashraf KARACHI (Reuters) - A bomb targeting Sunni Muslims killed at least 47 people and wounded dozens in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Tuesday as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary of Prophet Mohammad's birth, officials said. "The blast shook the earth. It was like hell," Mohammad Ehtesham, a 70-year-old worshipper in the park where the blast took place, told Reuters. "We were about to finish our prayers when blast went off ... It was so strong," said Ali Nasir,...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'