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.
March 30, 2012 |
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.
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.
February 8, 2008 |
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.
July 10, 2007 |
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.
May 28, 2013 |
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.
May 14, 2011 |
'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.
March 25, 2003 |
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]
November 17, 2005 |
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.
December 21, 1998 |
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.