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2006-03-22 12:42:18

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wounded dozens of Shi'ite pilgrims and killed two in Baghdad on Wednesday, raking their vehicles with machinegun fire in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence that is threatening Iraq with civil war. Police also reported the discovery of six more bodies on the streets of Baghdad, all apparent victims of the communal bloodshed between majority Shi'ites and once-dominant Sunnis which some Iraqi officials fear could expand into open...

2006-03-22 10:59:43

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wounded dozens of Shi'ite pilgrims and killed two in Baghdad on Wednesday, raking their vehicles with machinegun fire in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence that is threatening Iraq with civil war. Police also reported the discovery of six more bodies on the streets of Baghdad, all apparent victims of the communal bloodshed between majority Shi'ites and once-dominant Sunnis which some Iraqi officials fear could expand into open...

2006-03-22 07:29:54

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rebels blasted an Iraqi police station with grenade and mortar fire before dawn on Wednesday, killing four policemen in Madaen, south of Baghdad, police said. They said they had detained about 70 suspects in raids in the town after the assault, which occurred a day after at least 22 people were killed and 30 prisoners released in a similar attack on a police post northeast of the capital. Among the detainees was a Syrian found with leaflets by the...

2006-03-22 07:01:13

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rebels blasted an Iraqi police station with grenade and mortar fire before dawn on Wednesday, killing four policemen in Madaen, south of Baghdad, police said. They said they had detained about 70 suspects in raids in the town after the assault, which occurred a day after at least 22 people were killed and 30 prisoners released in a similar attack on a police post northeast of the capital. Among the detainees was a Syrian found with leaflets by the...

2006-03-20 17:56:03

By Tabassum Zakaria CLEVELAND (Reuters) - President George W. Bush pledged on Monday the United States will not abandon Iraq as a major Shi'ite religious ritual unfolded amid heavy security in the sacred city of Kerbala three years to the day after the U.S.-led invasion. In a series of speeches, Bush is trying to convince a skeptical American public that he has a winning strategy for Iraq to counter fears that a relentless cycle of sectarian violence is spiraling into civil war....

2006-03-20 03:02:56

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security was tightened in the sacred city of Kerbala on Monday to guard against suicide bombers or other attacks as hundreds of thousands of Sh'ite pilgrims prepared to mark the climax of a religious event. Heightened fears of violence that could unleash a new wave of sectarian bloodshed underlined Iraq's instability on the third anniversary of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein. Fresh violence would step up pressure...

2006-03-19 06:49:10

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims gathered in the sacred Iraqi city of Kerbala on Sunday for a religious event held under tight security as a top politician said Iraq was already in a sectarian civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, writing to mark the third anniversary of the invasion, said to disengage from Iraq now would be like handing Germany "back to the Nazis" in 1945. In Baghdad, Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish...

2006-03-19 05:20:54

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq is in a state of civil war and is nearing the point of no return when the country's sectarian violence will spill over throughout the Middle East, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Sunday. Three years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, Iraq is in turmoil with a raging insurgency and a surge in sectarian bloodletting between Sunni Arabs and majority Shi'ite Muslims. "It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each...

2006-03-19 05:15:39

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq is in a state of civil war and is nearing the point of no return when the country's sectarian violence will spill over throughout the Middle East, former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Sunday. Three years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, Iraq is in turmoil with a raging insurgency and a surge in sectarian bloodletting between Sunni Arabs and majority Shi'ite Muslims. "It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each...

2006-03-17 18:04:53

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday a highly publicized joint U.S.-Iraqi offensive marked a change in the fight against guerillas, showing Iraq's army was becoming more effective and taking greater control. U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq hinge on the capability of the Iraqi army, disbanded by U.S. authorities in 2003 and now being rapidly rebuilt, in the face of a raging insurgency and a surge in sectarian killings. "(The operation) really marks...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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