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2013-04-03 14:18:32

ESA [ Watch The Video Hidden Treasures ] Looking down from orbit is an attractive way of monitoring historical sites in remote or politically unstable regions — and can even help archaeologists to make new discoveries. The ancient city of Samarra was a powerful Islamic capital during the ninth century, located in what is today Iraq. It is the only surviving Islamic capital that retains its original plan, architecture and arts, although only about 20% of the site has been...

2006-07-20 02:35:30

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Raging sectarian violence has forced a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their homes this month, the government said on Thursday. Ministry of Displaced and Migration spokesman Sattar Nowruz said there was a "dangerous" rise of about 32,000 internal refugees over the past three weeks to a total of about 162,000 in five months. A day earlier the United States and United Nations sounded alarm bells over a slide to sectarian civil war. "These families...

2006-06-28 04:29:12

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq on Wednesday accused al Qaeda militants in Iraq, including four Saudis, for the February 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine that pushed the country to the brink of civil war. National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said Iraqi Haitham al-Badri, the al Qaeda leader in Salahaddin province, masterminded the attack. He told a news conference Badri was in a charge of an al Qaeda unit consisting of two Iraqis, four Saudis and a Tunisian identified as Abu Qudama....

2006-06-27 05:50:13

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put the number of displaced higher than the 130,386 estimate of registered internal refugees given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Monday. "It is estimated that 1.3 million individuals are...

2006-03-24 05:45:29

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb planted near the entrance to a Sunni mosque in a town northeast of Baghdad exploded as worshippers were leaving midday prayers on Friday, and police said casualties were feared. Police said they had no firm casualty figure from the blast at the Sa'ad bin Abiwakkas mosque in the town of Khalis. A number of Sunni mosques have been targeted in sectarian attacks since the February 22 bombing of a major Shi'ite mosque in Samarra unleashed a wave of violence that...

2006-03-17 05:26:22

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces on Friday pressed on with an offensive against suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra in their latest bid to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said. "Operation Swarmer" came as Iraq's political deeply divided leadership prepares to meet again hoping to break a deadlock on forming a unity government that might avert civil war. U.S. military officials on Thursday said the operation, involving 50...

2006-03-17 04:13:36

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces on Friday pressed on with a major offensive against suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra in their latest bid to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said. The raids came as Iraq's political leadership prepares to meet again in an effort to break a deadlock on forming a unity government that might avert civil war. Involving 50 helicopters, it was the biggest "air assault" since a similar airlift...

2006-03-17 03:15:00

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces attacked suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra overnight in an operation to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said on Friday. The raids came as Iraq's political leadership prepares to meet again in an effort to break a deadlock on forming a unity government that might avert civil war. The sound of what appeared to be heavy U.S. machineguns crackled in the village of Jillaam as a fire raged and flares arched...

2006-03-14 01:05:00

By Ibon Villelabeitia and Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD -- It didn't take long for the wave of sectarian hatred that washed over Iraq last month to hit the Baghdad home of the Samarrai family -- just a few hours, in fact, before black-clad militiamen came calling. Screaming for revenge for the bombing at dawn that day of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra, about 40 gunmen burst into the villa of the Sunni Muslim family who, as their name suggests, have roots in the mainly Sunni city of Samarra,...

2006-03-12 19:59:31

By Lutfi Abu Oun and Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Up to six car bombs ripped through the east Baghdad stronghold of a major Shi'ite militia force on Sunday, killing 46 people, wounding 204 and raising fears reprisals could again pitch Iraq toward civil war. The apparently coordinated attacks on markets in Sadr City occurred as political leaders, shepherded by the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, met once more without obvious result to discuss forming a national unity government...


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