July 22, 2013 |
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.
July 16, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - A wave of explosions tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities south of Baghdad shortly before the Muslim faithful broke their Ramadan fasts Sunday, killing at least 28, according to officials, part of a surge of violence that is raising fears Iraq is sliding back toward full-scale sectarian fighting. The coordinated attacks followed shootings and bombings in the north earlier in the day that killed six others. For months, insurgents have been pounding Iraq with bombings and other attacks in the country's worst eruption of violence in half a decade.
July 4, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Insurgents unleashed another wave of attacks Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 49 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven extremists were killed. There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, mostly car bombs in Shiite areas. Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch, which has been gaining strength in recent months, frequently targets Shiites, security forces, and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
July 3, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early today and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayuob Salangi said the powerful car bomb blew up about 4:30 a.m., leaving a deep crater at the first gate leading into the camp. Two truck drivers who were waiting to enter the area were killed in the blast, he said.
July 2, 2013 |
QUETTA, Pakistan - Bombings killed 49 people in three areas of Pakistan on Sunday, just as Britain's prime minister was in the capital pledging to help fight extremism. In the deadliest of the attacks, twin blasts near a Shiite mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 28 people, including women and several children, said the city police chief, Mir Zubair Mahmood. Dozens of others were wounded. Initial reports indicated a hand grenade caused the first blast, forcing people to run in the direction of the mosque, where a suicide bomber detonated his explosives, said another officer, Fayaz Sumbal said.
June 26, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - A series of evening bombings near markets in and around Baghdad and other blasts north of the capital killed at least 42 people and wounded dozens of others Monday in the latest eruption of bloodshed to rock Iraq. The attacks were the latest in a wave of violence that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the beginning of April. Militants, building on Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government, appear to be growing stronger in central and northern Iraq. The violence came as tens of thousands of Shiites poured into the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for the annual festival of Shabaniyah, marking the anniversary of the birth of the ninth-century Shiite leader known as the Hidden Imam.
June 24, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital. In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information. It had no other details, and the government did not comment. In neighboring Lebanon, meanwhile, fierce clashes erupted between the Lebanese military and supporters of a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric, in the latest spillover from Syria.
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 27, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Ten terrified international aid workers huddled inside a fortified room in Kabul for two hours during a Taliban attack until they were rescued by Afghan police, the aid group said Sunday. A NATO commander said the dramatic operation bodes well for the country's future without foreign forces. An Afghan police officer and two civilians were killed. The top commander of the international military coalition said the relatively low number of casualties was a sign of how Afghan forces have "markedly improved" as they increasingly take over responsibility for protecting the country ahead of most foreign troops' withdrawal next year.
May 21, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Iraq's wave of bloodshed sharply escalated Monday with more than a dozen car bombings across the country, part of attacks that killed at least 95 people and brought echoes of past sectarian carnage and fears of a dangerous spillover from Syria's civil war next door. The latest spiral of violence - which has claimed more than 240 lives in the last week - carries the hallmarks of the two sides that brought nearly nonstop chaos to Iraq for years: Sunni insurgents, including al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq, and Shiite militias defending their newfound power after Saddam Hussein's fall.