September 4th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Attackers kill 10 family members in Iraq

Twenty people were killed in violence south of Baghdad and in Mosul on Wednesday, including 10 members of the same family, police officials said.

Gunmen in Latifiya, south of the capital, stormed the family's home at dawn, and opened fire, killing two mothers, two fathers and their children, the officials said.

Police reported three attacks in Mosul.

The deadliest involved a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a police station, killing five officers, the officials said.

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September 3rd, 2013
01:20 PM ET

27 slain in Baghdad bombings

At least 27 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded Tuesday when nine car bombs exploded in largely Shiite areas in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, police said.

The attacks unfolded within an hour shortly before sunset, police said. The explosions took place in Karrada, al-Alam, Talbiya, Abu Dsheer, Al-Maamil, Zafaraniya, al-Shurta Rabaa and Skaniya, police said.

The deadliest attack was in al-Shurta Rabaa, in southwestern Baghdad when a car bomb in a busy shopping area killed six people and wounded 12 others.

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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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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 19th, 2013
02:52 AM ET

Spate of attacks kills 18 in Iraq

Car bombs and roadside explosions killed at least 18 people within a one-hour period in and around Baghdad on Tuesday, authorities said.

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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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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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November 14th, 2012
01:24 AM ET

14 killed in Iraq attacks

[updated 2:25 a.m. E.T.] The death toll from a series of attacks in Iraq rose to 14 today, officials said. Car bombings in Kirkuk left nine dead and 31 wounded, police said. Another car bombing in Hilla left four dead and  nine wounded.  These attacks come after the report of a car bomb in Baghdad that left one dead and seven wounded.

[1:24 a.m. E.T.] A car bomb exploded near two hotels in central Baghdad on Wednesday leaving one person dead, police in Baghdad said.
Also seven others were wounded in the attack near the Ishtar and Palestine hotels.
Over the past years , both hotels were damaged in a number of attacks.
Last attack was in January 2010 , when both hotels were rocked by a massive explosion that caused to close them down.
Ishtar and Palestine were renovated in 2011 along with four other biggest hotels in Baghdad in preparation campaign for the Arab Summit in March 2012.

 

 

 

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November 8th, 2012
04:47 AM ET

Police: Bombings kill 5 in Iraq, wound dozens more

A string of bombings across Iraq killed five people and wounded more than 30 others, police said today.

A car bomb exploded on a busy road in Mahmoudiya about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad, killing two and injuring five more, according to police.

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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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November 5th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Police: Two car bombings in Iraq leave at least 4 dead

A pair of car bombings today in central Iraq killed at least four people and left another 15 wounded, police said.

One exploded in the afternoon near an outdoor market and Sunni Muslim mosque in the neighborhood of al-Obeidi, a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad. That blast killed at least three people and wounded another eight, Baghdad police officials said.

About 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest in Taji, one person died after a car bomb detonated on a busy road, the same officials said. At least seven others were wounded in that explosion.

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