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.
December 16, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - There was no "Mission Accomplished" banner. No victory parade down the center of this capital scarred by nearly nine years of war. No crowds of cheering Iraqis grateful for liberation from Saddam Hussein. It took the U.S. military just 45 minutes yesterday to declare an end to its war in Iraq with a businesslike closing ceremony behind concrete blast walls in a fortified compound at Baghdad International Airport. The flag used by U.S. forces in Iraq was lowered and boxed up. On the chairs - nearly empty of Iraqis - were tags that listed not only the name of the assigned VIP, but the bunker to rush to in case of an attack.
November 7, 2011 |
Barack Obama was a principled opponent of the Iraq war from its beginning. But when he became president in January 2009, he was handed a war that was won. The surge had succeeded. Al-Qaeda in Iraq had been routed, driven to humiliating defeat by an Anbar Awakening of Sunnis fighting side by side with the infidel Americans. Even more remarkably, the Shiite militias had been taken down, with American backing, by the forces of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. They crushed the Sadr militias from Basra to Sadr City.
September 17, 2011
Norwegian liner is in less danger OSLO, Norway - Salvage teams reported progress Friday as they pumped water from a listing Norwegian cruise liner in danger of capsizing, a day after a fire on board killed two crew members and forced the evacuation of 260 people. The MS Nordlys, which tilted critically at an angle of 21.7 degrees in the morning, had slowly been righted and was listing at 16 degrees in the evening as additional pumps spewed water from the ship's bowels, officials said.
August 16, 2011 |
When was the last time you spared a thought - any thought, good or ill - for the war in Iraq? It isn't actually over, the war, though it is easy to forget that, given the paucity of U.S. news coverage. Insurgents struck three Iraqi cities only yesterday, killing at least 60 in what analysts think was an attempt to ratchet up the terror level as the U.S. and Iraqi governments discuss a continued American presence in the country past 2011. That's right: Odds are that U.S. troops will still be in Iraq in 2012, two years after the ballyhooed 2010 withdrawal of the last combat brigade.
July 31, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Abdullah Saadi fingers the fine, brown leather belt with holsters for thimble-size coffee cups and a dagger. He is a keeper of customs, Baghdad's professional server of coffee. He sits in a brick house behind an iron gate in the cramped warrens of Sadr City. The room is painted bright lemon in contrast to the gray street outside. His mother walks through the room, half-embarrassed, singing for guests, "I am the mother of the coffee maker. " She thumps her chest and laughs at her son. In Iraq, coffee isn't merely a matter of ordering a grande to go from Starbucks.
June 26, 2008 |
Two Army officers from South Jersey were killed in separate incidents in Iraq this week. Capt. Gregory T. Dalessio, 30, a Cherry Hill native and a 1996 graduate of Bishop Eustace Prepatory School in Pennsauken, was killed Monday by small arms fire after his patrol came under attack near Baghdad. On Tuesday, Army Maj. Dwayne Kelley, a decorated state police trooper who was born in Willingboro and lived in South Orange, died in the bombing of a Baghdad district council building.
May 23, 2008 |
Six thousand miles away from his Northeast Philadelphia home, Army Sgt. Glenn Devitt took comfort in letters, phone cards, and jars of peanut butter sent to him in the Iraqi desert by a group of schoolchildren. Yesterday the soldier, home on leave, went to Forrest School to thank the students for their efforts. "Myself and my guys, we loved your letters," Devitt, 23, told the children. "It brought a little bit of the States to Iraq. " In December, Paul Costello, president of Forrest's Home and School Association, heard from a friend who knew the Devitt family.
April 21, 2008 |
China's anger BEIJING - Fresh anti-Western protests flared in several Chinese cities yesterday as people vented anger over pro-Tibet demonstrations along the Olympic torch relay. State media urged calm. Saber-rattling in Iraq BAGHDAD - Followers of hardline cleric Muqtada al-Sadr raised the stakes yesterday in the showdown with Iraq's government, refusing to disband their militia. The U.S. military said 40 Shiite militants were killed in fierce fighting in southern Iraq.