November 5th, 2012
04:46 AM ET

Bomb blast kills one in eastern Baghdad

Baghdad police say a car bomb exploded Monday near an outdoor market in al-Obeidi, a Shiite neighborhood on the eastern side of town.  Officials say at least one person was killed and six others were wounded.

Figures from Iraq's Interior, Defense and Health ministries say 144 Iraqi civilians, policemen and soldiers were killed in acts of violence across the country in October.  Civilians made up most of the casualties.

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October 27th, 2012
04:32 AM ET

A wave of attacks mars religious festival in Iraq

[update 5:10 a.m.] The death toll from a wave of attacks in Iraq rose to 15, police said.

[posted at 4:32 a.m.] At least 10 people were killed in attacks near the capital, Baghdad, and in the northern Sunni city of Mosul on Saturday, police officials said, as Muslims marked the second day of Eid al-Adha, a major festival.

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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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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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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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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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November 24th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

Iraqi police: 19 killed in Basra blasts

At least 19 people were killed and 67 others were wounded Thursday in three explosions in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, two police officials said.

A roadside bomb and a motorcycle exploded in quick succession in a busy commercial district that includes shops and restaurants, the officials said.

When curious onlookers and Iraqi security forces arrived to the scene to investigate, another motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated, causing most of the casualties, police said. A number of Iraqi police and army security officers were among the dead, the officials said.

The oil-rich, predominantly Shiite city of Basra is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Baghdad.

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U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year
Iraqi security forces inspect a site after an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk after a series of bomb attacks across Iraq.
August 15th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

U.S. military: Wave of attacks in Iraq 'eerily similar' to last year

A barrage of deadly attacks struck across Iraq Monday, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 250 others, Iraqi officials said.

Twenty bombings and shooting incidents were reported. Some struck police and security forces, though a great many targeted civilians.

Casualty reports from police, Interior Ministry officials, and health officials put the number of wounded at 252 by early evening.

"Once again, murderers and criminals have carried out attacks against innocent civilians to add a new page to their black criminal record," Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement.

He called on security forces to "not let the killers catch their breath," and pursue them "until they finish them."

It was the worst wave of violence to strike the country in months, taking place on the halfway mark of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Today's attacks are eerily similar to the stream of large scale, complex attacks that occurred here last year during Ramadan on Aug. 25," said Maj. Angela Funaro, spokeswoman for United States Forces-Iraq.

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April 16th, 2011
08:19 PM ET

Boehner meets with Iraqi prime minister in Baghdad

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday during a surprise visit to Baghdad, the prime minister's office said in a statement.

Boehner, along with other members of Congress and Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, met at al-Maliki'soffice to discuss bilateral relations and the future of strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Al-Maliki stressed the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the United States and Iraq, particularly in the fields of trade, culture and defense, according to his office.

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October 31st, 2010
10:38 PM ET

Iraqi forces storm church to end standoff; 37 killed

Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church Sunday where gunmen suspected of having ties to al Qaeda were holding worshippers hostage, ending an hours-long standoff, police officials said Sunday.

Thirty-seven people were killed in the operation, including hostages, kidnappers and security workers, they said. At least seven of the dead were hostages, police officials said, while another 57 were wounded.

Eight suspects were arrested.

"All the marks point out that this incident carries the fingerprints of al Qaeda," Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi said on state television Sunday.

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May 25th, 2010
06:29 AM ET

Baghdad jewelry store robberies lead to 15 deaths

Fourteen people were killed in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday when more than 10 gunmen stormed jewelry stores, and a gunman was killed later in clashes between police and the robbers, police said.

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April 25th, 2010
07:29 AM ET

At least 5 dead in Iraq factory explosion

An explosion inside an iron factory near a northern Iraqi city killed five workers and injured 15 on Sunday, officials said.

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April 2nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Iraqis begin vote on who to support for prime minister

Tens of thousands of people in Iraq began an informal, non-binding vote Friday that could influence the decision on who will be the country's new prime minister.

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