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2006-03-17 13:28:09

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces pressed on with a highly publicized offensive against suspected guerrillas north of Baghdad on Friday in their latest drive to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said. "Operation Swarmer" was mounted as Iraqi leaders failed again in talks to form a national unity government widely seen as vital to avert any slide into civil war from high sectarian tensions between the majority Shi'ite Muslims and Sunni Arabs. Signs of...

2006-03-16 18:19:05

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces staged airborne raids on Sunni insurgents on Thursday as a first session of the new Iraqi parliament was reduced to an empty gesture by deadlock on forming a unity government seen as vital to avert civil war. Signs of movement to end the paralysis did emerge, however, when U.S. and Iranian officials said they could set aside years of hostility to discuss Iraq. And Iraqi political sources said a new alliance of parties may be formed in...

2006-03-16 13:58:53

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces launched a major offensive against insurgents on Thursday, while Iraq's new parliament held only a brief first session as deadlock remained over forming a broad government to avert any slide to civil war. The offensive against guerrillas north of Baghdad was termed by the U.S. military in Iraq as the biggest air assault since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occurred amid U.S. concern about the political paralysis and mounting sectarian...

2006-03-16 12:28:45

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament met briefly on Thursday for the first time since it was elected in December but deadlock on forming a government meant no business was done. With Washington worried political paralysis has left Iraq sliding into civil war, the U.S. military launched raids on Sunni rebels north of Baghdad that it described as the biggest air assault since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Four village areas near Samarra have been surrounded by Iraqi and...

2006-03-16 12:17:30

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament met briefly on Thursday for the first time since it was elected in December but deadlock on forming a government meant no business was done. With Washington worried political paralysis has left Iraq sliding into civil war, the U.S. military launched raids on Sunni rebels north of Baghdad that it described as the biggest air assault since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Four village areas near Samarra have been surrounded by Iraqi and...

2006-03-16 06:53:32

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after it was elected, Iraq's parliament was finally sworn in on Thursday but the 20-minute session was an empty formality that did nothing to break a government deadlock or halt a slide to civil war. With no agreement among Shi'ites, Sunnis, Kurds and others on the posts of speaker, president, prime minister or cabinet members, no substantive business could be conducted. "It is just something we have to get off our backs," one...

2006-03-16 05:44:02

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after it was elected, Iraq's parliament was finally sworn in on Thursday but the 20-minute session was an empty formality that did nothing to break a government deadlock or halt a slide to civil war. With no agreement among Shi'ites, Sunnis, Kurds and others on the posts of speaker, president, prime minister or cabinet members, no substantive business could be conducted. "It is just something we have to get off our backs," one...

2006-03-16 01:57:40

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after it was elected, Iraq's parliament will finally sit on Thursday but the session will be largely devoid of practical meaning as talks on forming a national unity government are still deadlocked. "Nothing will happen today. There'll be no breakthrough, nothing. It is just something we have to get off our backs," one senior parliamentarian told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "We will meet in parliament and then will go and sit...

2006-03-15 20:27:49

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three months after it was elected, Iraq's parliament will finally sit on Thursday but the session will be largely devoid of practical meaning as talks on forming a national unity government are still deadlocked. "Nothing will happen today. There'll be no breakthrough, nothing. It is just something we have to get off our backs," one senior parliamentarian told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "We will meet in parliament and then will go and sit...

2006-03-15 17:30:50

By Ahmed Rasheed and Hiba Moussa BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police accused U.S. troops of killing five children in a raid on an al Qaeda suspect on Wednesday as ousted leader Saddam Hussein used his televised trial to call on people to "resist the invaders." The judge promptly cut off the cameras and barred the press. On the eve of the first session of the parliament elected in December, political leaders again met without obvious result in their efforts to form the national unity...