Aseel Kami
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/ 22 January 2007

Car bombs blast Baghdad, killing 65

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.

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/ 4 December 2006

Annan says Iraq in grip of civil war

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.

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/ 20 November 2006

Bloodshed piles pressure on Iraqi PM, Bush

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.

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/ 14 November 2006

Dozens snatched in mass kidnap in Iraq

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.

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/ 1 August 2006

Bomb attacks on Iraqi forces kill 40

Bombs killed at least 40 people on Tuesday, half of them Iraqi soldiers, in the latest blow to the new government’s efforts to inspire confidence in the country’s security forces. The most dramatic blast was a roadside bomb attack on a bus filled with soldiers on a road between Tikrit and Baiji north of Baghdad. At least 20 of them were killed.

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/ 31 July 2006

Gunmen kidnap 25 people from Baghdad company

Gunmen wearing uniforms of Iraqi security forces kidnapped 25 people from an office in central Baghdad in broad daylight on Monday, police said. The gunmen pulled up in 15 four-wheel-drive vehicles and kidnapped employees and customers at the office on a street in Arasat, once a thriving commercial district.

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/ 23 July 2006

Car bomb kills 36 in Shi’ite east Baghdad

A car bomb killed 36 civilians and wounded 72 in a Shi’ite district of east Baghdad on Sunday, a day after an inaugural meeting to start reconciling Iraq’s rival factions produced little tangible result. The bomb, near a police station and open-air market, was in the Sadr City neighbourhood, a poor area that is a stronghold of Shi’ite militias.