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March 18, 2004
Evil struck Baghdad again last night. Again. And it's good for us all to take a long look at evil, right in the face. A 1,000-pound car bomb wracked central Baghdad, killing at least 28, injuring 40 and leaving a gaping crater about 20 feet wide. The Mount Lebanon hotel, a small place frequented mostly by Iraqis and other Arabs, was savaged. It was a frightening, chaotic scene, police lights, flames, sirens, a near-riot as Iraqis first shouted angrily at U.S. troops offering help, then turned to the sad work of searching and saving and not saving.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Lara Jakes And Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Sunni Muslim rulers largely shunned an Arab League summit hosted by Shiite-led Iraq on Thursday, illustrating how powerfully the sectarian split and the rivalry with Iran define Middle Eastern politics amid the Arab Spring. The crisis in Syria is the epicenter of those divisions. The one-day summit closed with a joint call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop his bloody crackdown on an uprising seeking his ouster. But the final statement barely papered over the differences among the Arab nations over how to deal with the longest-running regional revolt.
NEWS
January 11, 2007
RE CHRISTINE FLOWERS' op-ed on the execution of Saddam Hussein, "Justice was served": Ms. Flowers begins her justification for the "revenge" killing by discussing philosophical ideals - "And for a moment, the people of Iraq had a glimpse of hope. " She says "some cosmic balance had been restored. " She speaks of misguided mercy by the likes of the pope, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Then she finishes her article with her view that "Revenge might not be sweet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THAT Angelina Jolie sure does rack up the frequent-flyer miles. The globe-trotting activist/actress flew into Baghdad yesterday in a dark suit (Was it serge? Was the serge working?) to highlight the plight of Iraqi refugees. Talk about access, in addition to lunching with American troops, Angelina met with Gen. David Petraeus and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. As a U.N. goodwill ambassador, she also met with Iraqi migration officials to stress the need for a coherent plan for the more than 2 million internally displaced Iraqis who are beginning to trickle back to their homes amid a recent lull in violence.
NEWS
July 10, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
At least 19 people were killed or found dead in the latest violence in Baghdad. They included 12 soft-drink-factory workers abducted Sunday in southeastern Baghdad as they rode to work in a factory van. They were all found shot to death, police said. Four roadside bombs exploded in various parts of the capital, killing at least six civilians and one police officer, according to police and hospital officials. In Tuz Khurmatu, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, Police Lt. Ammar Bayati said an arrest warrant had been issued for the police chief of a nearby village struck by a devastating truck bomb that left as many as 150 people dead Saturday.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Adam Schreck and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearly 200 as insurgents step up the bloodshed roiling Iraq. The attacks in markets and other areas frequented by civilians are the latest sign of a rapid deterioration in security as sectarian tensions are exacerbated by antigovernment protests and the war in neighboring Syria grinds on. More than 450 people have been killed across Iraq in May. Most of the killings came over the last two weeks in the most sustained wave of violence since U.S. troops left in December 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2011 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
'Are you ready for the sound of war?" screamed the singer at Johnny Brenda's Thursday night. It was the kind of boastful introduction that might preface a song by almost any heavy-metal band. But Faisal Mustafa, the lead singer of Acrassicauda, wasn't speaking metaphorically. Rather than channeling rage at social conventions or authority figures, the band's music has its origins in its native Iraq. Although its members are now resettled Stateside, Acrassicauda was formed in a Baghdad basement during the last years of the Saddam Hussein regime.
NEWS
March 25, 2003 | By WILLIAM BUNCH bunchw@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
U.S. and British troops moved yesterday to within 50 miles of Baghdad and to the brink of a decisive battle against Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard for control of the Iraqi capital. But thin supply lines, looming sandstorms, and fiercer-than-expected resistance to a U.S. helicopter attack raised new questions about how quickly the battle for Baghdad will begin and how difficult it might be for the allies. "These things are never easy," conceded British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on the day his country suffered its first combat casualty of the war. "There will be some difficult times ahead, but [the war]
NEWS
November 17, 2005 | By Kathleen Parker
Paris . . . Baghdad . . . Paris . . . Baghdad. As winter looms, the savvy traveler begins meditations on spring break and summer vacation. Naturally, I'm torn between springtime in Paris or . . . Baghdad, the world's newest and unlikeliest fun spot for those who like a little adventure mixed with their relaxation. If you like paintball, you'll love the Green Zone! Coming soon to a brochure near you is a five-star, 23-story hotel in central Baghdad. In Monday's online edition of the Independent, writer Kim Sengupta reported Iraq's optimistic future in tourism.
NEWS
December 21, 1998 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Iraq yesterday licked its wounds from four punishing nights of U.S. and British air strikes, as the Iraqi government rushed to declare victory and international diplomats scrambled to assess what had been accomplished. President Saddam Hussein delivered a taped message last night on television filled with proud rhetorical flourishes. The Iraqi people, he declared, had "brought shame and humiliation to the enemies of God and humanity. " Despite the bravado, it would appear that his regime had suffered severe losses.
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July 22, 2013 | By Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A coordinated wave of seven car bombs tore through bustling commercial streets Saturday night in Shiite areas of Baghdad, part of a relentless onslaught of violence that has killed at least 46 inside and outside the capital. The car bombs detonated after the iftar meal that breaks the daily fast of the holy month of Ramadan. Many people head out to shop or relax in coffee shops in the cooler evenings after fasting ends. Bombings and other attacks have now killed more than 250 people since the start of Ramadan on July 10, according to an Associated Press count.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad late Saturday, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of daily violence rippling across Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, authorities said. A separate attack at a funeral northeast of the capital killed at least three. Police said the first Baghdad blast went off around 10 p.m. near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, a largely Sunni Muslim area.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people in Iraq on Saturday, as officials announced preliminary results for local elections in two provinces that showed the bloc of the country's speaker of parliament in the lead. The attacks are the latest in a wave of killing that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the start of April. It is the bloodiest and most sustained spate of violence to hit Iraq since 2008.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least 33 more lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting. Authorities announced plans to impose a sweeping ban on many cars across the Iraqi capital starting early Friday in an apparent effort to thwart car bombings, as the United Nations envoy to Iraq warned that "systemic violence is ready to explode. " Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, was shown on state television visiting security checkpoints around Baghdad the previous night as part of a three-hour inspection tour, underscoring the government's efforts to show it is acting to curtail the bloodshed.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Adam Schreck and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearly 200 as insurgents step up the bloodshed roiling Iraq. The attacks in markets and other areas frequented by civilians are the latest sign of a rapid deterioration in security as sectarian tensions are exacerbated by antigovernment protests and the war in neighboring Syria grinds on. More than 450 people have been killed across Iraq in May. Most of the killings came over the last two weeks in the most sustained wave of violence since U.S. troops left in December 2011.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - A wave of car-bomb blasts tore through Shiite areas south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 and deepening fears that Iraq is rapidly spiraling back out of control. The attacks capped a week of turmoil that is posing the greatest test of Iraq's stability since U.S. troops left the country in late 2011. At least 218 people have been killed in attacks and battles between gunmen and security forces that began with clashes at a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq last Tuesday.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Iraq's northern Kurdish region is pressing the Obama administration to remain neutral in a dispute with the central government over whether it can export oil and gas without Baghdad's approval. The Kurdish Regional Government's energy minister, Ashti Hawrami, was meeting with administration officials Friday following recent talks with Turkey about completing pipelines, over Baghdad's objections, that could vastly expand the Kurds' ability to directly sell oil and gas. The U.S. opposition to the Kurds' energy deals has put it at odds with NATO ally Turkey amid concerns that the dispute over dividing Iraq's energy wealth could threaten that country's stability.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Just days after the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confronted Baghdad for continuing to grant Iran access to its airspace and said Iraq's behavior was raising questions about its reliability as a partner. Speaking to reporters during a previously unannounced trip to Baghdad, Kerry said that he and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had engaged in "a very spirited discussion" on the Iranian flights, which U.S. officials believe are ferrying weapons and fighters intended for the embattled Syrian government.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - An al-Qaeda in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bloody attacks that killed 65 people across the country a day earlier, underscoring the terror group's potency a decade after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. On an extremist website, the Islamic State of Iraq said it unleashed the car bombs and other explosions to avenge the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates in Iraqi prisons. It made no mention of the start of the war, but the claim of responsibility came 10 years after the U.S.-led war began March 20, 2003, with an air strike on Dora Farms in southern Baghdad in a failed attempt to kill Hussein.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Attackers unleashed a carefully planned assault with car bombs and gunmen disguised as police on the Iraqi Justice Ministry on Thursday, killing at least 24 people as hundreds crouched terrified in their offices. The large and complex raid in downtown Baghdad came less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, showing how vulnerable this country remains to insurgent attacks. The fighting lasted about an hour, ending with security forces storming the four-story building after some of the gunmen detonated suicide vests, according to police and witnesses.
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