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2006-04-07 11:20:30

By Omar al-Ibadi and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three suicide bombers dressed as women killed at least 70 people at a Shi'ite mosque on Friday, highlighting the inability of Iraqi leaders to tackle sectarian violence as they struggle to form a government. A police official said the bombers were dressed in traditional Shi'ite women's black robes when they struck, two inside the mosque and one just outside. Some police sources said all the bombers were women; others said they...

2006-04-07 08:53:43

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad and another outside blew themselves up killing at least 50 people on Friday, police said. At least 138 people were also wounded in the worst single attack in months. The mosque in northern Baghdad belonged to SCIRI, the most powerful party inside Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance. The attack came a day after a car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite shrine in the southern city of Najaf, killing at least 13 people....

2006-04-07 07:56:56

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad and another outside blew themselves up killing at least 40 people on Friday, police said. The blasts also wounded 45 people. The mosque in northern Baghdad belonged to SCIRI, the most powerful party inside Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance. The attack came a day after a car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite shrine in the southern city of Najaf, killing at least 13 people. Sectarian tensions have been running high since...

2006-04-06 10:47:12

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, as Iraqi leaders struggle to break a deadlock over forming a government they hope can avert sectarian civil war. The explosion prompted the authorities to impose a curfew. Police said the blast occurred in a crowded area between an ancient cemetery and the Imam Ali shrine, one of the most sacred to Shi'ites. The mosque was not damaged. "When the...

2006-04-06 08:55:49

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, as Iraqi leaders struggled to break a deadlock over forming a government they hope can avert sectarian civil war. The explosion prompted the authorities to impose a curfew. Police said the blast occurred in a crowded area between an ancient cemetery and the Imam Ali shrine, one of the most sacred to Shi'ites. The mosque was not damaged. "When the...

2006-04-06 08:12:36

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the Shi'ite Muslim city of Najaf on Thursday, killing at least 13 people as Iraqi leaders remained deadlocked over forming a new government they hope can avert sectarian civil war. Police said the blast occurred near the Imam Ali shrine, one of the most sacred to Shi'ites around the world. The mosque was not damaged. Hospital officials said it killed 13 people and wounded about 40 others, but police put the death toll...

2006-04-06 04:49:15

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A blast was heard on Thursday in Iraq's southern Shi'ite city of Najaf and ambulances were heard rushing to the scene, residents said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the explosion. Najaf is home to the most sacred Shi'ite shrine. Mostly Shi'ite southern Iraq has been relatively free of the Sunni insurgent violence gripping central Iraq but rivalries among Shi'ite groups with militias have been growing.

2006-04-06 05:29:29

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded near a sacred Shi'ite shrine in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, police said. A Reuters correspondent said he saw 10 bodies and body parts on the ground a few hundred meters (yards) from the Imam Ali shrine, which is sacred to Shi'ites around the world. The blast came at a highly sensitive time when Iraqi leaders are struggling to form a government four months after parliamentary elections, raising...

2006-04-03 12:10:48

By Sue Pleming BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States and Britain piled pressure on Iraq's leaders on Monday to break their deadlock over a new government and prime minister as quickly as possible and to disband sectarian militias to avoid civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, on the second day of a previously unannounced visit, told Iraqi leaders the lack of a government nearly four months after elections was undermining...

2006-04-03 06:30:00

By Sue Pleming BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States and Britain piled pressure on Iraq's leaders on Monday to break their deadlock over a new government and prime minister as quickly as possible and to disband religious militias to avoid civil war. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, on the second day of a previously unannounced visit, told Iraqi leaders the lack of a government nearly four months after elections was undermining...


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