I knew it would be fine when Isam, my perfume man, wanted for a bottle of J'Adore. I had thought I would find him dead. The wooden sign with the name of his shop was in splinters and the front window had been blown out the night before by the worst bombing in Baghdad in more than two months.
United States air strikes killed at least 13 people and wounded 52 early on Sunday in the north-eastern Baghdad district of Sadr city, a stronghold for Shi'ite militants, police sources said. The US military said it was ''targeting criminals believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of coalition soldiers in November 2006 and May 2007''.
Two suicide car bombs killed at least 22 people in northern Iraq on Tuesday in attacks targeting a police chief and a Sunni Arab tribal leader working with United States forces to fight al-Qaeda, police said. ''Look at this. Is this acceptable? Does God accept this?'' said a youth hold ing torn, blood-splattered pages of the Qu'ran.
Two suicide car bombers killed 25 people and wounded dozens more near Iraq's city of Ramadi on Monday in separate attacks that police blamed on al-Qaeda. The violence in Anbar came a day after eight US soldiers were killed in Iraq, including six who died along with a freelance Russian photographer in a roadside bomb attack.
A car bomb killed at least 35 people and wounded 80 on Sunday next to a crowded market in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which has been a repeated target of attacks blamed on Sunni Muslim al-Qaeda. Bystanders used blankets to carry the dead and wounded onto pick-up trucks.
A car bomb ripped through Baghdad's booksellers' district on Monday, killing 26 people and setting shops and cars ablaze on the street and sending out choking black smoke that hampered rescue efforts. Iraqi and US forces are in the third week of a major security crackdown in Baghdad aimed at stemming sectarian violence.
Two car bombs ripped through a busy market in Baghdad on Monday, killing 88 people in fresh violence of the kind that United States and Iraqi forces plan to target in a new offensive in the lawless capital. Hours later, at least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when a bomb exploded in a town near Baquba, north-east of Baghdad, police sources said.
Two simultaneous car bombs blasted a busy market in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 75 people in fresh violence that came as Iraqis awaited the start of a planned United States-backed offensive in the capital. After a relative lull in violence in the capital at the weekend, the car bombs exploded barely a second apart in a market for second-hand goods.
Two car bombs ripped through a busy commercial area of central Baghdad on Monday, killing 65 people and wounding 110, the Interior Ministry said. After a relative lull in violence in the capital at the weekend, the car bombs exploded simultaneously in the Bab al-Sharji area just after midday.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said Iraq was in the grip of civil war as United States and Iraqi forces attacked insurgent bases in a bid to shore up the authority of a government itself riven by factional rivalries. Outgoing Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was revealed to have acknowledged in a memo just before he lost his job that US strategy was not working.
Gunmen killed a much-loved Iraqi comedian on Monday, as attacks and kidnaps of senior politicians and dozens of ordinary people prompted the defence minister to declare that Iraq was now in a ''state of war''. The past week has seen sectarian tensions come to a head inside Iraq's national-unity government, which has yet to make headway on key issues six months after taking office on May 20.
Gunmen in Iraqi police uniforms rounded up dozens of men at a government building in central Baghdad on Tuesday and drove off, in what may be the biggest mass kidnapping seen in a city becoming used to such violence. A spokesperson said dozens of men -- ''100 or maybe 150'' -- had been rounded up.