Mussab Al-Khairalla

Iraq bomb hidden in toy cart hits children

A bomb hidden in a cart of toys killed two children and wounded 17 others in a playground in northern Iraq on Friday, the first day of a national holiday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The attack came the day after United States forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike north-west of Baghdad.

Poland’s ambassador to Iraq wounded in blast

Poland's ambassador to Iraq was wounded in an explosion targeting a Polish embassy convoy in Baghdad on Wednesday, a diplomatic source in the Iraqi capital said. Poland backed the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 which toppled Saddam Hussein and currently has around 1 000 troops in the country.

Bombs mar Baghdad soccer celebrations

Gunfire erupted across Baghdad and Iraqis danced in the streets on Wednesday after their soccer team's historic Asian Cup win, but two suicide car bombs marred the war-ravaged nation's rare moment of unity. Police said a suicide car bomb exploded near a crowd of jubilant Iraqis, killing 30 and wounding 75 in Baghdad's Mansour area.

Iraqi govt ‘not weakened’ by al-Sadr pull-out

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday the withdrawal of ministers loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has not weakened his government and he will name technocrats to replace them soon. In the biggest Cabinet shake-up since al-Maliki took office a year ago, six Sadrist ministers pulled out of the government on Monday.

Death penalty sought for Iraq strongman ‘Chemical Ali’

Prosecutors on Monday sought the death penalty for Saddam Hussein's cousin, widely known as ''Chemical Ali'', for his use of poison gas against the regime's opponents and once one of the most feared men in Iraq. Ali Hassan al-Majeed is on trial with five other former senior Ba'ath party officials for their roles in the 1988 Anfal (Spoils of War) campaign.

Pilgrims attacked in Iraq, 40 killed

Bombers killed 36 people in attacks on Shi'ite worshippers marking the climax of the religious festival of Ashura near Baghdad on Tuesday and gunmen killed four in Baghdad's district of Bayaa. Fearing a strike by insurgents, Iraqi authorities had deployed 11 000 police and soldiers to the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala.

Bombs devastate Baghdad market

Car bombs tore through a fruit and vegetable market in a Shi'ite area of central Baghdad on Saturday, killing 43 people in another devastating attack that is fuelling an increasingly vicious cycle of sectarian violence. The bombing came two days after United States President George Bush met Iraq's prime minister to discuss ways to avert all-out civil war and 10 days after the bloodiest attack since the US invasion killed more than 200 people in the capital.

Baghdad toll rises as new bombs cause more death

Suicide bombers ripped through a Shi'ite market in northern Iraq on Friday and mortars crashed on rival Baghdad neighbourhoods, ramping up sectarian tension a day after the bloodiest bombing of the conflict killed 202 people. As political leaders pleaded for restraint, two bombers killed 22 people at Tal Afar near the Syrian border.

Saddam ejected from trial, punch thrown

The chief judge ejected Saddam Hussein and a co-defendant punched one of the guards and denounced prosecutors as pimps and traitors during the toppled Iraq leader's genocide trial on Tuesday. The government criticised the United States-backed court after the chaotic scenes. Last month it sacked the previous presiding judge because it believed he was too soft with Saddam.

US denies killing al-Qaeda leader in Iraq

The United States military denied on Thursday reports it had killed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Iraqi officials said they were awaiting the results of DNA tests on several suspects killed in a raid. US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said US forces had conducted a raid ''recently'' on an al-Qaeda cell in which suspected insurgents were killed.

Baghdad bomb kills at least 14, injures dozens

At least 14 people were killed and 75 wounded in a car bomb attack in central Baghdad on Wednesday, which targeted the convoy of Industry Minister Fawzi al-Hariri, Interior Ministry sources said. Al-Hariri, a Kurd, was not in the convoy when it was attacked. Two of his bodyguards were among those killed, Dhuha Mohammed, an Industry Ministry spokesperson, said.

Saddam ejected from genocide trial for third day

Saddam Hussein was ejected from his genocide trial for a third day on Tuesday and his co-defendants tried to storm out after him, as chaos reined following the sacking of the chief judge last week. Judge Mohammed al-Ureybi had opened the hearing with a lecture to Saddam not to disrupt the proceedings.

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