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Scores held after bombs found at Sunni office

Authorities arrested more people on Friday after car bombs were found near the offices of Iraqi politician Adnan al-Dulaimi. Dulaimi said United States and Iraqi troops held 43 people in raids on his Baghdad office and home after discovering two primed car bombs nearby.

At least 887 Iraqis killed in October

At least 887 Iraqis were killed in Iraq in October, ministry data showed on Thursday, slightly higher than September, which saw a total of 840 people killed across the nation. Data from Iraq's interior, defence and health ministries showed that 758 civilians, 116 policemen and 13 soldiers were killed in attacks across Iraq in October.

Iraq PM says civil war has been averted

Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki gave an upbeat assessment of the situation in his country on Monday, saying civil war had been prevented and boasting that violence had dropped 75% in the restive provinces of Baghdad and Anbar.

Gunmen disguised as soldiers murder 29 Iraqis

Gunmen dressed in Iraqi military uniforms stormed a village in the restive Iraqi province of Diyala, north-east of Baghdad, overnight and murdered 29 people, security officials said on Tuesday. And insurgents continued to carry out attacks in the capital, setting off two car bombs in Baghdad, including one near the Iranian embassy.

Wounds run deep for children of Iraq war

The day his mother and brother died is permanently engraved into the mind of eight-year-old Iraqi boy Ziad Irhaima -- it is also cauterised on one of his arms into a small gnarled stump. Irhaima's lost family members are only two of the countless and largely anonymous victims of the more than four years of bloodshed in Iraq.

Al-Sadr bloc pulls out of Iraqi government

Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his six ministers out of Iraq's beleaguered coalition government on Monday as he pushed his demand for a rapid withdrawal of United States troops from the country. The Shi'ite hard-liner was angered last week when street protests failed to persuade Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to set a timeline for US forces to go home.

Insurgents slaughter scores of Iraqis in day of bombs

Bombs detonated across central Iraq on Monday, adding 40 more bloodied corpses to the grim toll of Iraqi dead as rebel groups mount a savage challenge to the latest United States and Iraqi security plan. The attacks will in the main be blamed on Sunni insurgents and appear to have been timed to embarrass US and Iraqi commanders.

Hunger-striking Saddam in hospital

Iraq's ousted president Saddam Hussein was admitted to hospital on Sunday suffering from the effects of his hunger-strike, chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Musawi told Agence France-Presse. The detained leader, who stopped eating 16 days ago, is too ill to attend the next session of his trial, scheduled for Monday, Musawi said.

Dozens killed in string of Iraq bombings

At least 52 people were killed in a bloody explosion of violence across Iraq on Monday, including a spate of bombings against buses carrying people to work. The attacks underlined the parlous security situation in Iraq as agreement on the key defence and interior ministries remained elusive despite the formation of a new government on May 20.

Iraqi women left to rot in palace-turned-jail

Dozens of women are rotting away, imprisoned in a former royal palace without trial or sentence, penned up in cramped cells over charges of murder, kidnap and the new Iraq nasty: terrorism. The Queen Alia palace in Baghdad, once home to the mother of King Faisal and formerly replete with gold panelling, was rebranded into a women's prison after the fall of the Iraqi monarchy in 1958.

87 dead in Baghdad as new Constitution finalised

At least 87 people were killed in Baghdad on Wednesday as 10 suicide bombings left a trail of carnage after Iraqi leaders finally completed a draft constitution in a new milestone in the political transition. United States and Iraqi officials said nearly 200 people were also wounded in the bombings.

Wave of car bombings hits Baghdad

Three car bombs exploded just minutes apart at a busy Baghdad bus station and a nearby hospital during morning rush hour on Wednesday, ripping through buses and killing at least 43 people. Iraqi authorities said the bombings were aimed at terrorising people and triggering a collapse of the government.

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