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/ 28 April 2008

US army says it killed 22 fighters in Baghdad

The United States military said on Monday it had killed 22 fighters who attacked an Iraqi checkpoint in north-eastern Baghdad under cover of an overnight dust storm. The attack was one of the biggest in weeks, and indicated some fighters had defied an order by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to observe a ceasefire.

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/ 27 April 2008

Green Zone blasted under cover of storm

Militants bombarded Baghdad’s Green Zone with rockets on Sunday, taking advantage of the cover of a blinding dust storm to launch one of the heaviest strikes in weeks on the fortified compound. The strikes appeared to defy a renewed call for a ceasefire by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, which has seen many of his masked gunmen leave the streets of the Sadr City slum.

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/ 15 April 2008

Day of bloodshed shakes Iraq

A series of bombings blamed on al-Qaeda in Iraq tore through market areas in Baghdad and outside the capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people and shattering weeks of relative calm in Sunni-dominated areas. The bloodshed struck directly at United States claims that the insurgents’ power is waning.

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/ 10 April 2008

US air strikes hit Sadr City, street clashes ease

United States air strikes killed 10 people in the eastern Baghdad militia stronghold of Sadr City, Iraqi police said on Thursday, but street fighting eased after four days of clashes that have killed close to 90 people. The Sadr City slum has since Sunday been the focal point of battles between black-masked Mehdi Army militiamen and security forces.

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/ 6 April 2008

Gunmen kidnap 42 students in Iraq

Gunmen kidnapped 42 university students near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, police said, in one of the biggest mass abductions in the country in many months. ”Gunmen stopped two buses in a village south of Mosul,” said Khalid Abdul-Sattar, police spokesperson for Nineveh province. The group was freed hours after being kidnapped.

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/ 22 March 2008

Fresh violence frays militia truce in Iraq

Mehdi Army fighters attacked police patrols in southern Baghdad, police said on Friday, further fraying a seven-month-old ceasefire called by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to rein in his militia. The clashes in Baghdad’s Shurta district, which started late on Thursday and continued into Friday morning, follow outbreaks of violence in the southern Iraqi city of Kut.

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/ 8 March 2008

About 100 bodies found in Iraq mass grave

Iraqi security forces found about 100 badly decomposed bodies in a mass grave north of Baghdad, the United States military said on Saturday, one of the largest such finds in the country for months. US and Iraqi security forces said it was not clear who was responsible for the grave near Khalis, 80km north of Baghdad, or when the victims had been killed.

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/ 7 March 2008

Baghdad blasts leave nearly 70 dead

Iraqi police said on Friday 68 people were killed in coordinated bombings blamed on al-Qaeda in a packed shopping area in central Baghdad on Thursday. Another 120 were wounded when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other on Thursday in Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite Karrada district, police said.

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/ 3 March 2008

More than 20 killed in Iraq violence

At least 23 people were killed in bomb attacks and shootings around Iraq on Monday as United States troops announced the discovery of a mass grave with the bodies of 14 men bound and shot in the head. The deadliest attacks were in Baghdad, where at least 19 people were killed in two car bombings.

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/ 20 December 2007

Suicide bomber kills 12 north of Baghdad

A suicide bomber wearing a belt packed with explosives struck a recruiting station for neighbourhood patrols in Iraq’s restive Diyala province, killing 12 volunteers and wounding 10 on Thursday. Iraqi police said United States forces may have also been among the casualties in the strike that took place in the town of Kanaan.

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/ 7 December 2007

Female suicide bomber kills 15 in Iraq

A female suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed 15 people in a town north-east of Baghdad on Friday. Police said the attack targeted members of the 1920s Revolutionary Brigades, a Sunni Islamist insurgency group which has recently begun working alongside security forces against al-Qaeda.

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/ 18 November 2007

Iraq violence flares with Baghdad bombs

At least 17 people were killed by explosions in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities on Sunday, Iraqi police and officials said. Nine people were killed and at least 20 others were also wounded in one of the worst attacks in the Iraqi capital in several weeks, which police said targeted Iraqi Finance Ministry adviser Salman al-Mugotar.

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/ 29 October 2007

Bike-riding suicide bomber kills 28 Iraqi police

A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 Iraqi police officers doing their morning exercises at a base north of Baghdad on Monday in one of the deadliest strikes on security forces in months. The attack was a reminder that despite a United States-led crackdown, groups such as al-Qaeda are determined to carry on fighting.