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August 18, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Sectarian tensions mounted in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as the death toll in a highly coordinated series of car bombings that apparently targeted Shiite Muslims rose to 43. Hospital and Interior Ministry officials said at least 88 Iraqis were injured in the blasts at a bus station and a hospital, the deadliest attacks since one July 29 near the Syrian border killed 52 police recruits.
August 17, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
At least 31 people were killed early today in coordinated car bombings at a taxi and bus station and at the hospital where many of the victims were taken. Sixty-five people were wounded, a Health Ministry official said. Nearly two dozen vehicles burned, including three buses. The blasts shook jittery residents of the capital awake and ended a short period of relative calm here. U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police rushed to the scene.
April 10, 2005 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Chanting "Death to America!" and burning effigies of President Bush and Saddam Hussein, tens of thousands of Iraqis flooded central Baghdad on Saturday in what police called the largest anti-American protest since the fall of Baghdad exactly two years ago. The peaceful demonstration by followers of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr underscored the United States' accomplishments and its failures since the end of the war. Once staunch supporters of the U.S.
December 6, 2005 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
Gunmen abducted a French engineer in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood Monday, French and Iraqi officials said. He was the latest victim in a recent surge of kidnappings of Westerners. The day also saw mounting tensions between the two Shiite Muslim political factions because of violence as parliamentary elections approach. In Baghdad, the U.S. military reported that an American soldier was killed the day before when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle while he was on patrol.
December 2, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
"Nightline's" Terry Moran gathered a dozen Iraqis for a town hall-style meeting Thursday at a makeshift studio in Baghdad, where they spoke of their hopes, fears and aspirations. Yet there was none of the strong anti-American comment often heard in Iraq: Those expected to express such sentiments never showed up for the taping in the heavily fortified Green Zone. "Nightline" spokeswoman Emily Lenzner said every effort was made to ensure that critics and supporters of the U.S.
December 10, 2005 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
A leading Sunni cleric in Baghdad called for the release of four Western hostages Friday, a day before the deadline imposed by their kidnappers. With an appeal during his sermon at the Abu Hanifa Mosque in the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Adhamiya, Moayed Adami joined a growing chorus calling for the release of the humanitarian workers -- an American, a Briton and two Canadians -- who were abducted Nov. 26.
January 5, 2005 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Gunmen assassinated Baghdad's governor and six of his bodyguards Tuesday, part of a wave of insurgent violence that also killed 10 people in a bombing and left five U.S. troops dead in scattered attacks. Gov. Ali Haidari is the highest-ranking government official to be slain in the last eight months. With violence continuing to roil Baghdad and other cities in the run-up to the nation's Jan. 30 elections, some senior Iraqi officials are renewing calls to delay the vote. U.S.
November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
A suicide bombing killed at least 25 people this morning at a central Baghdad restaurant frequented by police, officials and witnesses said. The death toll initially was believed to be about 10. Later reports had higher numbers but differed on the exact toll and whether there were one or two bombers. Several of the victims were reportedly police officers. The blast echoed for several miles through the center of the capital. Police Maj.
October 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
A suicide bomber Thursday attacked a minibus in the Iraqi capital, killing at least nine people and wounding nine others, police Capt. Abbas Ali said. It was the worst of several attacks that left 20 Iraqis and a U.S. soldier dead. The bomber set off his explosives aboard the minibus as it passed a police patrol, Ali said. The U.S. soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in northern Baghdad, and a U.S.
October 13, 2002 | Michael Slackman, Times Staff Writer
Food rations have been doubled for the last two months, the military is on alert, the ruling Baath Socialist Party's militia is patrolling outside ministry buildings, and antiaircraft artillery has been positioned in key areas. Still, people here insist that they have made few plans of their own to cope with a war. President Bush wants to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and if he can't do it by saber-rattling, he has said he is prepared to send in the U.S. military.
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