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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October 29th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

Sunni extremists: We set off bombs in Iraq, more to come

A Sunni extremist group with links to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombs that exploded in Iraq over the weekend.

A wave of attacks shook Iraqis as they were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid.


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October 27th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Deadly attacks hit Iraq amid Eid festival

[Update 4:47 p.m.] The death toll rose to 31 after a car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in a city 50 miles north of Baghdad, according to authorities.

[Posted at 3:05 p.m.] A wave of attacks in Iraq killed at least 30 people and wounded 66 more Saturday as Muslims marked the second day of the festival of Eid al-Adha, police said.

At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were wounded in two car bombs and a roadside bomb in two separate locations in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City, police said. The first car bomb was outside a busy restaurant; the second was followed by a roadside bomb near an outdoor market in the city, police added.

Sadr City is a predominantly Shiite district.

At least five Shiite pilgrims were killed when a roadside bomb in Taji, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of Baghdad, struck a minibus carrying them to visit Al-Askariya, or the "Golden Mosque."

A dozen more were wounded in the blast. Police said most of the casualties were Iranian pilgrims.

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October 23rd, 2012
01:48 AM ET

Explosions in and around Baghdad kill at least 9

[Updated 6:05 a.m.]  The death toll rose to 11 from a series of separate explosions in and around Baghdad Thursday morning. Also 32 people were wounded in the attacks, police said.

[Posted at 1:48 am] Three separate explosions in and around Baghdad killed at least nine people and wounded 15 Tuesday morning, police said.

In one attack in northwestern Baghdad, a mortar round landed on a residential area and killed seven people. Several house were damaged.

In another, a car bomb exploded near an outdoor market killing two people and wounded 10.

In the western outskirts of Baghdad, a mortar round landed in a residential area and wounded three people.

Overall, violence in Iraq has dropped since the peak of sectarian attacks between 2005 and 2007, but lethal attacks continue to occur almost daily.

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October 20th, 2012
12:18 PM ET

Twin blasts kill 11 in Iraq

Twin roadside bombs exploded in an outdoor market in northwestern Baghdad Saturday, raising fears that a recent surge in violence is not over.

The attack on the Bab al-Darwaza market in the Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya left at least 11 people dead, Baghdad police officials said.

In separate incidents, gunmen killed two Baghdad police officers and another officer was fatally shot outside his house, the officials said.

Violence has dropped dramatically in Iraq since the peak of Sunni-Shiite clashes in 2006 and 2007 and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country in December, but insurgent attacks against civilians and security forces have been on the uptick recently, as the country still smolders with sectarian tension and political infighting.

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October 8th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Iraqi authorities execute 6 inmates

Baghdad (CNN) - Iraqi authorities executed six inmates Monday, the nation's Justice Ministry said.

Four of them were convicted of terrorism, and two others were convicted of kidnapping and killings, the ministry said in a statement.

Despite a United Nations call for restraint, Iraqi authorities have executed dozens of inmates in recent months.

Authorities executed 11 prisoners Sunday and six others Thursday after terrorism convictions, officials said. More than 100 people have been put to death since November, according to a CNN tally.

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September 7th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

Police seek clues in French shooting

French police investigating the mysterious shooting deaths of four people in the foothills of the Alps hope autopsies to be performed Friday will provide new clues to the identity of the killer.

Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud has opened a judicial investigation for murder and attempted murder in the case, Joelle Robert of the Annecy prosecutor's office told CNN.

She declined to confirm media reports that Maillaud has said he is investigating a potential family feud, among other leads.

A man and two women, all thought to be British nationals, were found dead in a car, two of them shot in the head, on Wednesday in a parking lot in the Haute-Savoie area of eastern France, near Lake Annecy.

The fourth victim, French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, was found with a gunshot to the head in the same parking lot off a forested road.

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July 23rd, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Attacks in Iraq kill at least 76 people, officials say

The death toll from several attacks across Iraq rose Monday to 76, Interior Ministry officials said.

Dozens were wounded.

The deadliest attacks happened in the town of Taji, roughly 20 miles north of Baghdad, where a car bomb and four roadside bombs exploded in a residential complex, killing 32 people and wounding 43, authorities said.

In another attack, at an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad, militants armed with mortars and small arms killed at least 15 soldiers, according to the officials.

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Attack on Iraqi base leaves at least 15 soldiers dead, officials say
Iraqi police and pedestrians look at the shell of a car, one of a series of car bombs targeting army and police patrols.
July 23rd, 2012
04:06 AM ET

Attack on Iraqi base leaves at least 15 soldiers dead, officials say

Gunmen attacked an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad early Monday, killing at least 15 soldiers, officials from the Ministry of Interior said.

The attackers used mortar rounds and small arms to target the base in the town of Dhuluiya, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the officials said.

At least three people were wounded in the attack in the predominantly Sunni community, the officials said.

While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces.

In a separate attack Monday, a series of bombings targeted a residential area in Taji, on the northern outskirts of the Iraqi capital, killing at least seven people and wounding 28, the officials said.

The blasts included a car bomb and three roadside bombs, they said.

In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded three people, the officials said.

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Official: Iraq envoy nominee withdraws amid controversy
June 18th, 2012
03:36 PM ET

Official: Iraq envoy nominee withdraws amid controversy

Brett McGurk, President Obama's pick to be the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has withdrawn from consideration following revelations about questionable conduct, an administration official said Monday.

The personal conduct of McGurk (pictured) came under intense scrutiny since flirtatious e-mails exchanged with Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon were made public.

The e-mails appear to show that the two carried on an affair while they were stationed in Baghdad in 2008. They later married.

Chon recently resigned her position at the newspaper in the wake of the controversy.

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June 18th, 2012
12:51 PM ET

Suicide bombing kills 15 in Iraq

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at a funeral procession in Iraq's Diyala province Monday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 41 others, police officials in Baquba said.

The bombing took place at a funeral procession in a neighborhood in central Baquba on Monday evening. Baquba is about 60 kilometers north of Baghdad.


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June 13th, 2012
03:58 AM ET

57 killed, more than 100 wounded in Iraq

A string of car bombs exploded in central Iraq Wednesday morning, killing at least 57 people and wounding 137 others, police officials said.

Most of the victims were Shiite Muslim pilgrims, police said.

The attacks Wednesday come after mortar rounds landed on pilgrims in northwestern Baghdad's Kadhimiya Shiite neighborhood Sunday leaving at least seven people dead and 20 others wounded.

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Opinion: Saying goodbye to a symbol of the Iraq war
The MRAP was in a long convoy of vehicles that crossed the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border December 18 when the last U.S. troops exited Iraq.
March 24th, 2012
03:21 PM ET

Opinion: Saying goodbye to a symbol of the Iraq war

By Moni Basu, CNN

Editor’s Note: Moni Basu is a reporter for CNN. She covered the Iraq war for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The last of America's mine resistant vehicles out of Iraq boarded a ship in Kuwait on Saturday, bound for Fort Hood, Texas. There, it will be displayed at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, forever a symbol of the Iraq war.

The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle - known simply by its acronym MRAP in typical military fashion - was in a long convoy of vehicles that crossed the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border December 18 when the last U.S. troops exited Iraq.

I remember when the MRAPs were newly introduced in Iraq. They were a fresh hope of survival for American men and women.

Staff Sgt. Jamie Linen used to transport soldiers and run supplies every day from Baghdad's Forward Operating Base Falcon to nearby patrol bases where surge troops of the 3rd Infantry Division were based. Linen, like all other soldiers, thought about the risks of bombs hidden along the roads every time he rolled out the gate. They were, after all, the No. 1 killer of American troops in Iraq. The first MRAP arrived for Linen's unit in November 2007, months after President Bush ordered a "surge" in troops to defeat a raging insurgency. The shiny trucks were the new stars of the military then.

The soldiers were glad to get out of the backs of hot, uncomfortable Bradley Fighting Vehicles or the less-protected Humvees and step up high into the cab of a sophisticated MRAP. Made by International, the $658,000 trucks sat high on the road - 36 inches off the ground - and came with a V-shaped hull that helped deflect the impact of an improvised explosive device.

The walls of the truck were thick. The design was state of the art. The only thing they were missing, a soldier joked, were cup holders.


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March 21st, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Iraq bombings meant to target summit security, militant group says

A militant group with al Qaeda links claimed responsibility for a deadly wave of bombings across Iraq, strikes designed to undermine government security plans for the upcoming Arab League summit.

The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq, made the claim in a statement posted on an al Qaeda website. The explosions killed 45 people and wounded hundreds Tuesday.

Occurring on the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the attacks were "coordinated" and launched by Sunni lions in Baghdad and other provinces "simultaneously," the online statement said.

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March 20th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Dozens killed in widespread attacks on Iraq invasion anniversary

A spate of car bombings rocked Iraq on Tuesday, the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion and days before the nation hosts a meeting of Arab leaders.

The violence left at least 41 people dead and 190 wounded, officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts that one senior Interior Ministry official described as "coordinated" and blamed on al Qaeda in Iraq.

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Bombings rock Iraq on invasion anniversary
Destroyed vehicles at the site of a car bomb set off by a suicide attacker in the center of Baghdad on Tuesday.
March 20th, 2012
02:39 AM ET

Bombings rock Iraq on invasion anniversary

A spate of car bombings rocked Iraq on Tuesday, on the the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The violence left at least 10 dead and 59 injured in Baghdad, Hilla and Kirkuk.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In central Baghdad, a suicide car explosion killed at least two people, police said.

In Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad, three separate car bombings killed eight people.

And in Hilla, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad, another car explosion injured seven people.

Iraqi officials have expressed concern that the continuing violence could cast a shadow as Iraq prepares to host the next Arab summit on March 29.

The government said last month that logistical and security arrangements had been agreed upon for the event.

The attacks on Tuesday come nine years to the day that a U.S.-led army invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, toppling longtime dictator Saddam Hussein.

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March 18th, 2012
06:20 AM ET

More questions than answers in account of American's abduction in Iraq

The murky abduction account of an American, who nobody appeared to know was missing in Iraq until he resurfaced, is raising questions about everything from his name to the circumstances surrounding his reported kidnapping.

A Shiite militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced Saturday in a bizarre, pre-taped news conference that it was releasing U.S. soldier Randy Michaels, who one Sadrist lawmaker said was captured in battle nine months earlier.

The man did not identify himself, though he said he was a former soldier who was working as a civilian when he was abducted.

But U.S. officials say all missing soldiers have been accounted for and no civilian was recently reported missing, and even the man's ex-wife said she didn't know he had been kidnapped.

On Sunday, adding to the mystery, the U.S. Embassy declined to identify the American or discuss details surrounding the reported abduction.

"We cannot disclose any further information at this moment regarding this case because of privacy practices," embassy spokesman Michael McClellan said.

But a U.S. official who had knowledge of the man and had seen the video told CNN he was Rand Michael Hultz, a former Army soldier who served in Iraq shortly after the 2003 invasion and later returned as an "entrepreneur."

The account by the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the nature of the case, is supported by interviews the man gave to an Iraqi television stations in 2010 where he identified himself as Hultz and detailed his business ventures.

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February 28th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Violence ripples across Iraq, leaves 8 dead

A series of attacks across the Iraqi capital left seven people dead and nine wounded Tuesday, while another attack killed a local leader and wounded his guard in Fallujah.

Police say four young men, all family members, were found shot dead in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr City, considered a stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the country's influential Ahrar party. His political bloc recently joined with former rival and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, forging a tenuous political alliance in spite of persistent violence throughout the capital.

A juvenile detention center worker was also shot dead by gunmen in Baghdad's southeastern al-Ameen neighborhood, police said. And roadside bombs in two different Baghdad neighborhoods left at least one other person dead and wounded eight others.

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February 20th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Iraq Sunni VP denies terrorism allegations

Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi denied terrorism charges against him Monday, calling them "politically motivated" in a televised speech broadcast from the semiautonomous Kurdish region in the north.

Iraq's top judicial committee on Thursday accused al-Hashimi's security detail of carrying out 150 attacks against security forces and civilians between 2005 and 2011.

Al-Hashimi said Monday that the nine-judge council is under the control of the Shiite-dominated central government and the allegations are "politically motivated."

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February 19th, 2012
06:22 AM ET

Iraqi police: 15 killed in suicide blast targeting police academy

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt Sunday at the main entrance of the police academy in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi police officials said.

The attack, which occurred at the traditional start of the work week in the Arab world, wounded at least 21, two police officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to the media.

Baghdad police academy is the only one in the capital and is within the compound of the heavily -guarded interior ministry, but has a separate entrance.

The attack comes as the country is mired in a political crisis split along sectarian lines, which has raised fears about a return to the levels of violence that nearly tore the country apart in 2005 and 2006.

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