Mohammed Abbas

Tight security for Iraq Shi’ite rite

Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites flocked to holy sites on Tuesday to observe a religious rite amid tight security days after a bomber killed 35.

Voters want people, not parties in Basra

For the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraqis could be seeing election candidates kissing babies and canvassing neighbours.

Baghdad museum treasures still locked from view

In Iraq's national museum a frieze shows Assyrian King Sargon II, storming a rampart as soldiers pile decapitated heads before him.

Turk envoy tells Iraq no timetable for pull-out

Turkey declined on Wednesday to give Baghdad a timetable for the withdrawal of troops fighting Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq, resisting pressure from the United States and other allies to end the offensive quickly. Thousands of Turkish troops crossed the border on Thursday to root out Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters.

Flesh-eating rumours hit Iraq fish sales hard

Iraqi fishmongers complained on Monday that rumours of river carp eating human flesh had caused sales to plummet, even though senior clerics denied reports they had banned the fish from the table. Over the past four years, the bodies of hundreds of victims of the city's death squads and militias have been dumped in the Tigris.

Nine US warships enter Gulf in show of force

Nine United States warships carrying 17 000 personnel entered the Persian Gulf on Wednesday in a show of force off Iran's coast that navy officials said was the largest daytime assembly of ships since the 2003 Iraq war. US Navy officials said Iran had not been notified of plans to sail the ships, which include two aircraft carriers.

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