September 11th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Suicide bomber kills 4 at Baghdad mosque, police say

At least four people were killed and 12 were wounded Wednesday in Baghdad when a suicide bomber blew himself up near worshipers at a Shiite mosque, police said.

The bomber wore an explosive vest, which he detonated Wednesday evening outside the mosque in the northwestern al-Kassra neighborhood, police officials told CNN.

Iraq has seen a sharp increase in friction between its Shiite and Sunni populations since April, when Iraqi security forces raided a site used by Sunni protesters to demonstrate against the Shiite-led government.

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August 28th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

Baghdad bombs: Dozens killed, scores wounded

Tensions festered in Iraq Wednesday after nearly 50 people died and dozens of others were wounded in a string of bombings mostly in and around Baghdad, police said

The bloodshed occurred during an intense time in Iraq. The country has endured months of escalating violence stemming from decades-old discord between the nation's Sunnis and Shiites, the two largest branches of Islam. And the government says it is gearing up if the Syrian conflict next door escalates.

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April 26th, 2013
09:43 AM ET

Bombers in Iraq target Sunni mosques; 4 dead

Bombs blew up at and near Sunni mosques Iraq amid Friday prayers, the latest flurry of attacks in a country seething with Sunni-Shiite tension.

Several explosions occurred in Baghdad, the nation's capital. One explosive planted at the al-Qubeisi mosque in southwestern Baghdad killed four worshipers and wounded 46, police said.

In the capital's northeastern region, four people were injured when a bomb blew up outside the al-Razaq mosque, and six were hurt when a roadside bomb exploded near the Malek al-Ashqar mosque.

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April 23rd, 2013
04:49 AM ET

More than 30 killed in Iraq violence

Violence erupted in Iraq on Tuesday, with more than 30 slain and dozens injured in an atmosphere beset with political and Sunni-Shiite tensions.

At least 28 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in northern Iraq on Tuesday in fighting between security forces and gunmen, police said. The incident took place in Hawija, in Kirkuk province.

Earlier, at least four people were killed and 13 others were wounded when two roadside bombs exploded, one after another, outside a Sunni mosque in southern Baghdad, police said. The incident occurred in the neighborhood of Dora while Sunni worshipers were leaving the mosque, police said.

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March 26th, 2013
05:44 AM ET

Bomb kills two government officials in Iraq

A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday in northern Iraq, killing the head of the local town council and a member of the provincial council, police said.

Qader Ali, head of the Tuz Khurmatu town council, and Rasheed Khorshid, a member of Salaheddin provincial council, were killed, police in Kirkuk and Baghdad said.

Tuz Khurmatu, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Baghdad, is one of the disputed areas in Iraq. Both the central government and the country's semiautonomous Kurdistan region claim the town.

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Islamists claim Iraq anniversary attacks
March 20th, 2013
04:54 AM ET

Islamists claim Iraq anniversary attacks

An al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility Wednesday for a chain of 24 bombings and two gun attacks in Iraq a day earlier, as the death toll rose to 61.

A statement attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq appeared on extremist websites, calling Tuesday's carnage "retaliation" against Shiite members in government.

Though Iraq has grown safer in the last six years, sectarian violence and instability still grip the country 10 years after the start of the U.S.-led war.

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March 13th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

Report: Militants release Turkish hostages

Kurdish militants have released eight Turkish civil servants who were kidnapped in eastern Turkey and held hostage in northern Iraq, according to Turkey's semi-official Anadolu news agency.

The Kurdish separatist group PKK had kidnapped the eight in various eastern Turkish provinces on different dates, Anadolu reported.

Adil Kurt, a member of Turkey's Parliament, said Wednesday that the eight released hostages were in a convoy heading from Iraq to the Turkish border and were expected to arrive in Turkey Wednesday afternoon.

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Al Qaeda says it attacked Syrian convoy
Gunmen attacked a convoy ferrying Syrian soldiers near the western Iraqi town of Ar Rutbah.
March 11th, 2013
03:25 AM ET

Al Qaeda says it attacked Syrian convoy

Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the destruction of a Syrian Army convoy in western Iraq last week that killed some 48 Syrians and nine Iraqi soldiers.

The militant group released a statement on jihadist forums Monday.

The group claims it intercepted the convoy while the Syrian troops were on their way to camps secretly provided by the Iraqi government.

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March 1st, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Car bombs kill 5 in Iraq

Five people were killed and 34 were wounded when two car bombs exploded Friday at a livestock market in Diwaniya, about 140 kilometers south of Baghdad, Iraq, police and health officials said.

Diwaniya is a predominantly Shiite city.

On Thursday, a car bomb exploded at a livestock market in al-Aziziya, about 80 kilometers north of Kut, killing two people and wounding 19 others.

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February 28th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

Floating restaurant sinks in Baghdad, 5 die

At least five people died Thursday when a floating restaurant sank in the Tigris River in central Baghdad, police said.

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February 17th, 2013
03:47 AM ET

Series of car bombs claim more than a dozen lives in Iraq

[Updated 8:06 a.m. ET] At least 21 people were killed and 125 others were wounded in six car bombs and three roadside bombs across Baghdad, police officials say.  Most of the attacks were in Shiite neighborhoods.

[Updated at 4:48 a.m. ET] The death toll and the number of car bomb explosions have both gone up. Authorities now say at least 15 people were killed and 80 others wounded in six car bomb explosions that mostly targeted outdoor markets in Shiite neighborhoods. Here is our story.

[Posted at 3:47 a.m. ET] At least eight people were killed and 45 others wounded when three car bombs exploded in Sadr City, an area in eastern Baghdad, police said.

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February 16th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Intelligence academy chief killed in Iraq

The head of Iraq's intelligence academy and two of his bodyguards were killed in an attack Saturday, though conflicting reports emerged as to how the incident unfolded.

Two suicide bombers approached Gen. Aouni Ali's home in Tal Afar, about 40 miles west of Mosul, said Sheikh Salim Qasim, Ali's cousin and a member of the Nineveh provincial council.

Tal Afar is located in Nineveh province, which has a mixed population of Sunni Arabs and Turkmen.

The bombers opened fire on Ali's bodyguards, killing them, Qasim said. Ali rushed outside with another bodyguard. He killed one bomber before being shot and killed.

The remaining bodyguard killed the second attacker, though his explosive vest detonated, Qasim said.

The governor of Mosul, Atheel al-Nujaifi, confirmed the story, but did not provide additional details.

Police officials in Mosul and Baghdad, however, gave a different version of events.

According to police, the bombers' target was actually a senior police official who lives next door to Ali. The police official's bodyguards killed the two suicide bombers without incident, police said.

Ali overheard the gunfire and went to the scene, when one of the bodyguards fired an additional round at the body of one of the bombers, inadvertently setting off the bomb, police said.

Ali, the unnamed police official and the bodyguard were killed in the blast, police said.

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February 4th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

23 killed, dozens wounded in Iraq suicide bombing

At least 23 people were killed and 49 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up among members of a local Awakening Council in Taji, Iraq, on Monday.

Dozens of members of the council had lined up outside an office to receive monthly paychecks when the attacker detonated an explosive vest in the crowd. Most of those killed or wounded were members of the council, or al-Sahwa. Taji is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.

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February 3rd, 2013
03:02 AM ET

Suicide bomber, gunmen launch deadly attack on police HQ in Iraq

At least 20 people were killed and more than 35 others wounded when a suicide car bomber followed by gunmen attacked the police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, city police said.

The interior ministry in Baghdad placed the casualty count higher: 30 dead and 70 wounded.

In the immediate chaotic aftermath of the attack, exact figures were difficult to come by.

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Biden: U.S. open to direct Iran talks
"There has to be an agenda," Biden said in Germany. "We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise."
February 2nd, 2013
07:18 AM ET

Biden: U.S. open to direct Iran talks

Under the right conditions, the United States is willing to hold talks with the Iranian government, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday.

The United States "would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership," he said during a speech at the Munich Security Conference.

The two nations are at odds, primarily over Iran's nuclear program, but there is a standing offer for talks, and "there has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to," Biden said. "We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise."

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with Ithe semi-official Fars news agency that he hopes new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will contribute to softening Washington's policies towards Iran and that Kerry "would at least rectify part of the U.S. government's anti-Iranian stance and policies."

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January 25th, 2013
07:14 AM ET

Iraqi soldiers open fire on anti-government protesters, officials say

Iraqi soldiers opened fire today on Sunni anti-government protesters demanding the Shiite prime minister step down, health officials said.

At least five people were killed and 25 wounded, according to the provincial health officials, in the shootings in Falluja in the western Anbar province, a Sunni stronghold where protesters have been denouncing what they call second-class treatment by the government.

The protest, dubbed "Friday of No Retreat," by organizers is the latest in a series held in predominantly Sunni regions of Iraq. They have been countered by mostly Shiite, pro-government demonstrations, raising fears that the sectarian division could translate to violence in the streets.

Read more: Clashes erupt at Iraqi protest as sectarian tensions flare

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January 23rd, 2013
11:08 AM ET

35 killed in Iraq suicide bombing, police say

A suicide bombing at a funeral has killed dozens of people and wounded scores more including two senior Iraqi government officials in northern Iraq.

At least 35 people were killed in the bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, police said. The attack occurred in the ethnically mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, roughly 56 miles south of Kirkuk.

Among the injured is Ahmed Abdul-Wahed, deputy governor of Salaheddin province, a largely Sunni region in north central Iraq.

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Iraq's president rushed to hospital
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is shown on January 23, 2010, in Baghdad. A lawmaker says he is in intensive care.
December 18th, 2012
06:53 AM ET

Iraq's president rushed to hospital

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital in Baghdad on Monday night, Iraqi officials said.

Talabani was in intensive care after the stroke, said Kurdish Lawmaker Mahmoud Othman, who said he was headed to the hospital to visit the ailing leader.

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24 killed in Iraq attacks
Iraqis inspect the damage following two bomb blasts near a Shiite place of worship in the flashpoint town of Tuz Khurmatu in the Kirkuk province on Monday.
December 17th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

24 killed in Iraq attacks

At least 24 people have been killed in a series of attacks across Iraq today. The violence included a bomb at a car auction in Baghdad that killed 11, a car bombing in the capital that killed one person, and attacks in northern villages that killed another dozen people.

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November 6th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Car bomb kills Iraqi soldiers, recruits near army base

[Update 5:50 a.m. ET] The car bomb exploded outside a recruiting center about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.   Four of the dead were soldiers, but most were recruits, police officials said.

[Update 5:40 a.m. ET] Baghdad police officials have upped the death toll from the attack to at least 26 people.  Another 30 have been wounded.

[Posted at 5:01 a.m. ET] Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded today when a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army base in an area with many Sunni and Shiite residents, police officials said.

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