Tag: Iraqi

Sadr warns of revival of Mehdi Army militia

BAGHDAD - Iraq's fiery anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will "escalate military resistance" and unleash his Mehdi Army militia if U.S. troops fail to leave Iraq as scheduled this year, his aides said on Saturday.
On the 8th anniversary of the day U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad, senior Sadr aide Hazem al-Araji told tens of thousands of followers: "We say to the Black House (White House), 'we are all time bombs and the detonators are at the hands of

Iraqi forces clash with Iranian exiles in camp

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces clashed with residents of an Iranian dissident camp north of Baghdad overnight, the Iraqi government said on Friday, and an Iranian opposition group said residents were attacked and killed.
The government spokesman said five members of the Iraqi security forces were wounded in the incident at Camp Ashraf. Representatives of the camp called the incident a "criminal attack" and said 25 residents were killed and 320 wounded. An Iraqi medical source at

Car bomb hits Iraqi army HQ, kills 11

BAGHDAD - A car bomb at an Iraqi army unit in volatile Diyala province killed at least eleven soldiers, officials said Monday, as the Iraqi government continues to battle a stubborn insurgency. Suspected Sunni insurgents and Shi'ite militia have stepped up assaults in recent months on Iraqi policemen and soldiers, seeking to undermine faith in the security forces before a full U.S. military withdrawal by the end of this year. The blast took place near an army headquarters in Kanaan,

Suicide bombing at Iraqi police centre kills 50

TIKRIT - A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of police recruits in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, killing 50 people in the bloodiest attack in more than two months.
The blast, which also wounded 150, was the first major strike in Iraq since the formation of a new government on December 21 and recalled an August attack against an army recruitment centre in Baghdad that also killed dozens.
"I have been trying for hours to call my brother, he was in the queue

Suicide bombers kill four in Iraqi police station

MOSUL - Two suicide bombers on Wednesday killed four policemen in a police station in the northern city of Mosul, including an officer who oversaw a deadly raid on militants, Iraqi security officials said. A third bomber was shot dead before setting off his explosives belt in the attack targeting Lieutenant Colonel Shamil Ahmed Oglah, who commanded the operation last week against an Al-Qaeda affiliate, a police officer said.
The early morning bombings killed Oglah and three other

Squabbling hits Iraqi PM’s plan to unveil cabinet

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's plan to unveil a national unity cabinet was in disarray on Monday as political parties squabbled over posts and the timing of the announcement was put in doubt.
While Maliki had been expected to name his entire cabinet except for three sensitive posts linked to national security, politicians said that as many as half of the ministerial positions were still undecided.
The divisions come with no new cabinet having been formed

Iraqi PM to name cabinet, delay security posts

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will himself take charge of Iraq's security as ministers heading the army and police will not yet be named when he unveils his cabinet on Monday, sources said on Sunday.
The naming of the government, which must be considered by parliament and approved by Saturday, is the final step in ending the protracted political impasse that has persisted since inconclusive elections on March 7. It also comes with a year to go before US troops must

Iraqi Qaeda claims bombings against Shia ‘insults’

BAGHDAD: Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate said on Friday it was behind car bombings against Shiites in Baghdad this week that killed 64 people, saying they were revenge for "insults" and threatening more attacks.
The claim drew a strong reaction from the representative of Iraq's most respected Shiite cleric, saying it aimed to drag the country into new sectarian conflict.
In a statement on the Al-Hanein jihadi website, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said Tuesday's attacks were

Fate of Iraqi Christians will worsen, experts fear

VATICAN CITY: With al-Qaeda declaring war on Christians in Iraq and no end to political instability in sight, Catholic experts on the Middle East fear the fate of the minority Christian community there will only worsen.
The pessimism followed the bloodiest attack against Iraq's Christian minority since the 2003 US-led invasion.
Fifty-two hostages and police were killed on Sunday when security forces stormed a church that had been raided by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen.

Court orders Iraqi parliament back to work

Iraq's highest court ordered parliament to resume its work on Sunday, nearly eight months after inconclusive elections left the country without a new government.
Federal Supreme Court spokesman Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar said parliament was ordered to convene and choose a new speaker, the first step to forming a coalition in Iraq, which has been without a government since the March 7 polls.
"In a decision taken today, the supreme court ordered parliament to return

Leaked documents recount tales known by every Iraqi

Iraqi schoolteacher Fatima Razak does not need the WikiLeaks revelations to know about the scars of the US-led occupation, because she wears them on her disfigured face.
Every morning she looks in the mirror and relives the horror of 2007, when she says a bullet fired by a US soldier sliced through her cheek. Fatima was caught in a bottleneck at one of the numerous checkpoints the Americans set up throughout Baghdad after the 2003 US-led invasion.
She waited