June 27, 2007 |
The two men knocked on Abu Salam's door on a Friday morning. He was one of the last remaining Christians on his block. "Peace be upon you," they said, and Abu Salam, a man in his 50s, repeated the greeting. The pair, one fat and the other thin, spoke politely. Both were cleanshaven and wore slacks and button-down shirts. "You are now aware the neighborhood of Muwallamin belongs to the Islamic State of Iraq," the bigger man said.
October 11, 2006 |
The Amariya neighborhood has won a reputation as the most fearsome quarter of the capital, with car bombs, snipers and frequent clashes between U.S. forces and hardened Sunni Arab fighters. But over the last few weeks, U.S. officials and Iraqi residents say, life has improved markedly in the notorious district, thanks to an American-led effort to improve security and services. On a tour of the largely Sunni Arab district with U.S.
December 9, 1999 |
Authorities have evicted from Baghdad more than 4,000 families who migrated to the Iraqi capital after fleeing southern towns during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Thousands more are expected to be forced to leave the city, the statement said. The statement did not say when the deportations started nor how many people 4,000 families constituted. It said eight committees have been set up to survey Baghdad's nearly 5.
August 18, 2005 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
"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 |
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 |
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.